By Associated Press - Monday, March 22, 2021

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Legislature is set to consider a proposal to eliminate the need for most annual state vehicle inspections.

The proposal, from Democrat Sen. Dave Miramant of Camden, would get rid of the need for an inspection for vehicles that are less than 20 years old. Miramant said less than a third of states require an annual vehicle inspection, and it’s time for Maine to take itself off the list.

The proposal is slated to come before the legislature’s Transportation Committee on Tuesday, the Portland Press Herald reported.

The inspections cost $12.50. Opponents of the requirement have said some mechanics use it as a reason to propose unnecessary and expensive repairs because the fee doesn’t pay for their time.

The head of the Maine State Police Traffic Safety Unit, Lt. Bruce Scott, has testified against the proposal. He said checking for safety defects can save lives.

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