Op-Ed: Want to modernize Maine’s vehicle inspection program? Eliminate it.
BY JACOB POSIK | SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAM
According to the Maine Sunday Telegram report of last week (“As other states modernize, Maine car safety inspection lags behind,” Dec. 25), Maine lags the region in not digitizing its motor vehicle inspection system.
In reality, the only modernization Maine’s program needs is wholesale elimination.
Maine is among a minority of states that have these programs on the books. Thirty-five states do not require annual vehicle inspections. Fifteen do. Maine is among the latter group. Why?
If the presence of an inspection program truly saved lives and reduced motor vehicle accidents, every last state would have one. But they don’t. Why? Because the evidence is clear that these programs do not save lives or reduce accidents. The proof is in the vehicle crash data.