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And this is why I am glad to be leaving the EU. Unfortunately I do not believe for a second the UK government will get rid of this sort of crap, when a bureaucracy creates rules it can never stop enforcing them, even when you ask them why, and they cannot answer, they will not stop enforcing them. Ration card existed long after the war ended and any reason for them existed, but the bureaucracy could not stop enforcing a rule they created.
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SC resident here who was delighted when the vehicle dealers and public pressure got rid of POV inspections. This isn't the Rust Belt and not enough mishaps are due to mechanical problems to justify the millions of workdays and millions of gallons of fuel squandered on inspections. (I've been a mechanic here since the 1980s and know whereof I speak.)

Every vehicle inspection is the loss of an owner work day or most of one. Many people here have multiple vehicles. Businesses could not perform inspections profitably so they rightly opposed them instead of asking for a flat-rate of an hour per inspection. Creating a monstrous bureaucracy is likewise a waste of money. SC does not have the unique geography which once made urban California areas into smog traps thus driving their emissions inspections, and modern engines are sufficiently clean that it's not an issue elsewhere.

I'm old enough to remember "killer smog" (it was literally that) on the news, but new car/truck/bike standards are sufficiently clean today that other avenues of attack (particularly ship emissions!) are more appropriate for increased regulation. Vehicle owners are easy targets because unlike industry we have few lobbyists.

Thanks to ABATE of SC we have reasonable motorcycle legislation including t adult freedom of choice to wear helmets. The public burden theory is IMO counterbalanced by organ donations. I wear helmets 100% of the time I ride but my head stopped belonging to Uncle Sam when I retired from the Air Force. Civilian heads aren't government property.

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Interesting that this has been brought back, in the UK the law has changed that the MOT testers can now declare your vehicle unsafe and it is illegal to remove your vehicle from the testing site unless it is on a trailer, guess what, they declared my wife's car "UNSAFE" due to wear in the steering rack, I had it trailed home and pulled the steering rack, they was nothing wrong with it at all, they can literally lie through their back teeth and unless you have access to a trailer force you to pay them money to complete repairs to release your vehicle, took it to another testing station, said nothing and it passed, no problem. The UK has become an absolute shit hole, totally corrupt. USA do not give up your second amendment rights, we did and we regret it. Rant over! for now.
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No periodic statewide safety inspection requirement. Officers of the California Highway Patrol that believe a vehicle is being operated in an unsafe condition as to endanger any person may require the driver of the vehicle to stop and submit to an inspection of the vehicle.
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In Massachusetts if you have fail for safety reasons they are not even supposed to let you leave the inspection station. But they put a big red R on your sticker and if you get stopped by the police they can stop you from driving your car and impound it plus give you a $50 fine
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In Massachusetts if you have fail for safety reasons they are not even supposed to let you leave the inspection station. But they put a big red R on your sticker and if you get stopped by the police they can stop you from driving your car and impound it plus give you a $50 fine
Yeah, but that's Massachusetts. Are they still burning Witches too?
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Every 12 months in New Zealand. No emissions test yet but there is a noise test. Have to have fenders, too, dammit!
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Registration every year no inspection in the state of New Jersey. But cops can do road inspections if they so please to


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No mandatory inspections for motorcycles in the Netherlands (yet). Cars older than 3 years every year.

I use 'yet' because it's always a surprise what "The Fourth Reich" in Brussels (the EU) will do.

It is nonsense because it has been scientifically proven that only 0.3% of the accidents was caused by mechanical failure of the motorcycle.

If they enforce it, it will be just another revenue model...
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