Cost savings from dumping mechanical inspections has been modest

MVC administrator Ray Martinez acknowledged that the cost savings hoped for after the state largely did away with mechanical inspections for passenger cars has been modest at best.

In 2011, the state eliminated mechanical inspections, focusing more on meeting clean air requirements to help drive down costs. The savings amount to $1.2 million a year.

That year, it meant the price per vehicle for inspection was $20.29, down only slightly from $21.95 in 2008.

“We wish we could have achieved greater savings, but this is a negotiation and frankly that was the best deal we could get,” Martinez acknowledged.

Martinez added that there is no hard data indicating a correlation between mechanical inspections and improved road safety.

Cost savings from dumping mechanical inspections has been modest