Jay Evensen: No vehicle safety inspections? Are we all going to die?

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  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 17, 2017 3:55 a.m.

    @wbits... if being in favor of a government of the people, by the people and for the people makes me a "big government fan".... well then you nailed it. That is me. Accused and convicted. I plead guilty.

    I am not one of those who thinks government is anything more or less than what we - as a people - make it. If we as a people decided the best way to deal with poverty is as a society, not individuals, I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. Same with persecution and discrimination. I have no issues with society putting in regulations to prevent those with financial means of taking advantage of those without.

    So if that makes me pro big government, buy me a tee-shirt and I will wear it all day. Show me a better option, I'll consider it. Wee have over 180 million voters in this nation.... that sounds big to me...

  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    March 16, 2017 2:15 p.m.

    Jay is right for once.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 16, 2017 1:27 p.m.


    RE: "So the folks who complain the loudest about the Utah nanny State are the same voices on here complaining about eliminating a needless government requirement?"...
    No. Don't know where you came up with that one.

    I'm not complaining. I'm a small government fan. I like it.

    Mostly Republican Legislature passed it. So they're not complaining.

    Republican Governor signed it. So he's not complaining.

    Who's complaining?

    Only people I've seen complaining in this thread are the people who are traditionally "Big Government" fans (10CC, UtahBlueDevil , Utah Girl, etc)

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    March 16, 2017 1:16 p.m.

    Replacing safety inspections with more UHP troopers is a great idea - just we can't trust the legislature to do that because they won't fund it, or give it enough funding to make the difference. Seems to me they have taken the inspection from business and put it into the police, then funded neither with a puny increase in registration fees of $1. Talk about "putting the cart before the horse" and then "nailing your own foot to the floor". Our legislator is suppose to take control away from government and put it in the people, not the other way around.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    March 16, 2017 12:56 p.m.

    So the folks who complain the loudest about the Utah nanny State are the same voices on here complaining about eliminating a needless government requirement?

    The guys who scream about using "science" to make decisions are upset that solid data was used to eliminate a government mandate that cannot be shown to provide any benefits to personal or public safety?

    National Transportation Safety Board recommendations to lower legal BAC limits to 0.05% are attacked as government intrusion, even annual inspections with no national or data backing are deemed necessary?

    It is time for some folks to stop pretending they are making decisions based on "science" or data or facts. They make decisions like everyone else: personal biases, fears, and moral values. Some views are just a minority in Utah.

    My cars go to a mechanic about 3 times a year for oil changes and tire rotations even if noting else is wrong. Brakes and steering components will be checked. I routinely verify my lights are all working correctly as well as wipers, washer fluid, defrost, horn, etc.

    Personal responsibility.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    March 16, 2017 12:48 p.m.

    Good move

    The only thing this eliminates is guaranteed income for repair shops around here

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 16, 2017 12:03 p.m.

    "Auto design today with air bags and crumple zones and strengthened roof pillars, mandatory seat belt use, and safer highway designs all combine to make crashes more survivable."

    And none of these were done voluntarily. These were the result of government mandates. Dodge didn't make a pickup that can get well over 20 miles per gallon because the market made them. They did so to meet CAFE standards. "The market" believed the car companies when they said it wasn't possible. Evidently it is - and much more reliably than older versions. The market also believed the tobacco companies that cigarettes were harmless.

    To pretend any company voluntarily does the right thing by consumers over profit margins is foolish at best. Just like the kids we love so much, sometimes they need rules and guidance to get them to do the right thing.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    March 16, 2017 11:55 a.m.

    Prediction: 5 years from now will begin an Era making all of this moot. Self-driving trucks will lead the way because they'll save huge $$$. Cars next. Deaths from driver error and unsafe brakes etc. Including pedestrian deaths and drunk drivers eliminated. Save $$$ and lives.

  • Cheesecake Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2017 10:32 a.m.

    Less regulation is a good thing. Everywhere I take my cars for maintenance, the mechanics do a free inspection anyway, so why require an additional inspection (for a fee) just to do registration?

    Government seems more effective when it provides education and incentives for private citizens and private industry to do the right thing. Instead of restrictions on registration, perhaps the state could give financial incentives to keeping vehicles safe through rebates or reduced sales taxes on necessary items. Make it easier to do the right thing, and most people probably will.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 16, 2017 9:41 a.m.

    No. It won't make any more difference than lowering the BAC to .05 did.

  • libertarian Cedar City, UT
    March 16, 2017 9:17 a.m.

    Eliminating these needless inspections was a good thing. They were like requiring everyone to carry an iron umbrella to prevent themselves from getting hit by lightening. . . Ironic that they used the "free market" argument, while at the same time doubling down on one of our most tyrannical laws, seat belts. These kinds of laws are routinely used (abused) for the sole purpose of gathering revenue.

  • skater974 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2017 9:10 a.m.

    Wait, am I to understand that people in Utah, who routinely bemoan the fact that the state legislature often asserts itself in our daily lives, are upset that the state legislature is ceasing to assert itself in our daily lives?
    You can't have it both ways.

    And @ MileHighGuy, do a youtube search for Bountiful snow storm and enjoy, because...INSPECTIONS!!

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    March 16, 2017 9:06 a.m.

    Glad to see it gone, now let's get rid of that unnessessary and burdensome tax and registration fee to go along with it!

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    Given how Utah has abdicated public safety by allowing 70 mph speed limits in congested city roadways which means many Utah "drivers" routines go at 80 mph why should this be a surprise?

    My wife and I were traveling down on the freeways near Henderson and Las Vegas Nevada recently and it was a pleasure to drive there with drivers keeping speed limits and driving courteously. None of the weaving in and out and crazy speeding like we see along the Wasatch front.

    When our public officials don't steadfastly enforce speed limits that are too high for congested city areas, it is little surprise that they have dropped safety inspections. While I can understand both sides of this issue, as a native of an area where so many citizens are cavalier with driving safely, I doubt they will be diligent in maintaining safe operating conditions of their vehicles.

    Then again, perhaps their religious conscience will motivate them over?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 16, 2017 8:12 a.m.

    Yes is the answer. We are all going to die. Excepting those who will get translated.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 16, 2017 8:12 a.m.

    We have a partisan group of people in government who are against everything government. When everything becomes unregulated (food, drugs, transportation, public lands, doctors, banks) only the people in the 1% will profit. It's no coincidence our legislators consider the 1% people their masters.

  • Bigger Bubba Herriman, UT
    March 16, 2017 8:05 a.m.

    Glad to see the safety check gone. An unnecessary expense.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    March 16, 2017 7:26 a.m.

    I'm really rather fond of both me and my family. Whether it's mandated or not, I, for one, will be making sure that the vehicles we drive are in tip-top shape. By doing so, they will better protect us and those around us. Though the comments so far would indicate otherwise, I can't imagine that I am the only person who feels this way.

  • Husker1 Northern Utah County, UT
    March 16, 2017 7:14 a.m.

    Perhaps the geniuses in the Legislature could learn to compromise. Keep the safety inspection but review the checklist and requirements, and make it more logical. Inspect things that really impact safety like tires and brakes. Take things like light bulbs off the list and let the police issue tickets to people who don't maintain their brake lights and headlights.

    Why is it so difficult for these highly educated and elected officials to approach an issue logically??

    PS While we're making changes, let's eliminate emissions checks on newer cars that obviously don't violate emissions standards.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 16, 2017 7:01 a.m.

    When I was a kid, gas stations had an attendant. The guy would check your oil wash your windshield and check your tires. He probably would let ya know if a light was out . They were called service stations. I think that there will be a need for a comeback. Ya have to check your car, not get in an go all the time.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 16, 2017 6:39 a.m.

    25 years ago, it was a rare case if a car held together long enough to reach 100,000 miles, but now it is outrageous if they do not last until 150,000 or more. (My last one was still running great at 258,000 miles and is still on the Utah highways.)

    Tires used to be good for 20-25,000 miles but now are safe up to about 50-70,000 miles. Brakes last a lot longer. Failures of steering are almost unheard of. Even wheel bearings seem to last forever.

    Auto design today with air bags and crumple zones and strengthened roof pillars, mandatory seat belt use, and safer highway designs all combine to make crashes more survivable.

    Annual inspections are a vestigal remnant of an ancient era in automotive evolution, and makes no more sense than requiring every driver to carry a buggy whip becuse we always used to have them.

    Maybe an inspection of a used car upon sale to a new owner might make some sense, but most dealers and most smart buyers will do that anyway.

    Thank you legislators!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 16, 2017 6:13 a.m.

    Most car companies have not made their cars safer because they wanted to. That is a completely false narrative. In fact, most car manufactures build multiple versions of the same cars but with different safety equipment on them. The same Chevy sold in the US sells in Latin America without the safety equipment, and yes, the death rates in those same cars sold outside of the US have higher death rates in accidents.

    It does make a difference at night when your driving down the road and a car approaches you with only on functioning headlight. It does impact safety when the car ahead of you doesn't have functioning break lights. Perhaps the licenses plate light doesn't lead to less deaths - but it does make enforcement easier.

    It amazes me that some conservative politicians believe that the best way to make America competitive is by emulating 3rd world nations.

  • Nunn24 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2017 5:01 a.m.

    Good observations, Mr. Evensen.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 16, 2017 4:17 a.m.

    When will the money saving come to aviation safety regulations and surgery? LeBron James didn't have to pass any government tests... why do we force surgeons to go through all those onerous exams? Just so they can charge us more money?

    The overwhelming number of people who drink alcohol do so responsibly, but we need to set the new national low threshold for blood alcohol levels.

    ...but nobody should have the authority to tell the owner of a old minivan that they have to have at least *some* treads on the tires before they set off to take their gaggle of kids to school, through school zones.


  • Anonymouse Galveston, TX
    March 16, 2017 4:16 a.m.

    Think of all the money the airlines could save by eliminating all those annoying safety checks currently mandated by regulations. After all, isn't money more precious than life?

  • MileHighGuy Melbourne, FL
    March 16, 2017 12:31 a.m.

    We won't all die, but some of us will. As a former technician, who performed Utah inspections, and still in the automotive industry in Florida (no inspections), I see many accidents where people have lost control due to poor tire traction and crash or cause a crash - mostly hydroplaning after rainstorms in Florida. When I lived in Colorado (no inspections), the first snow storm of the year was always the worst with accidents and some cars unable to go up a slight inclined road and spinning their wheels. Tires is where the dangers really lurk, and yes, they cause many accidents and kill many lives already. With the price of tires being what they are, it is the first thing people don't replace. Just wait for the first snow storm this winter - you will remember my comments as you see cars sliding thru intersections, unable to stop at red lights, and cars that can't even make it up 2100 S to Sugarhouse Park.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    March 16, 2017 12:27 a.m.

    So good to see government actually removing unnecessary regulations for a change.

    For those of you who rely on the annual safety inspection for piece of mind, feel free to take your car in every year and pay to have it inspected. The shops will gladly still do it.