Texas is getting rid of the yearly inspections for vehicles … not so fast El Paso.

A bill has passed in Texas which will end the annoying inspection process for vehicle owners in the lone star state.

Most of ‘em anyway.

Did Texas Stop Requiring Vehicle Safety Inspections?

Texas House Bill 3297 will end safety inspections for vehicles in Texas after 2025. That doesn’t really include all of Texas though as certain counties will still require them.

Whether a vehicle is inspected or not though, its owner will still be required to pay the inspection fee. Way to go "Tax-us". I don’t really get that but, hey, if it gets me out of going through that whole, annoying inspection process, I’m good with it.

Except, it doesn’t.

Which Texas Counties Still Require Safety Inspections?

El Paso county residents will still have to deal with this annual annoyance, (in the form of an emissions test), along with drivers in Brazoria, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis and Williamson counties.

The bill was sponsored by Texas State Rep Cody Harris of Palestine, Texas and Senators Mayes Middleton, (Galveston) and Bob Hall. (Edgewood)

“These inspections are a waste of time for Texas citizens and a money-making Ponzi scheme used by some shady dealerships to upsell consumers with unnecessary repairs,” Harris said in a statement to ABC 13 in Houston. “Texans are responsible, fiercely independent, and I trust them to keep their cars and trucks safe while on the road.” – texastribune

Several law enforcement agencies have opposed this as well as, not surprisingly, the Texas State Inspection Association.

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