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Panel fails to endorse bill to reduce car inspections

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A legislative committee refused to endorse a bill decreasing the frequency of vehicle inspections from once a year to every other year, saying the measure needs more work.

Members of the House Transportation Standing Committee suggested Wednesday that Rep. Wayne Harper, R-West Jordan, modify his bill and bring it back later in the session.The recommendation came after Harper's bill drew sharp opposition from witnesses who claimed that while yearly inspections are inconvenient, they likely prevent mechanical problems and accidents.

Harper argued his bill would relieve car owners of the burden of getting the inspection, at a cost of $10, every year. He said the measure also would put the responsibility for maintenance and repair on the owner and not the state.

James Brand, bureau director for the Salt Lake County Division of Environmental Health, disagreed, saying that drivers expect their safety on the roads to be ensured by the state.