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Hawaii Governor vetoes motor vehicle inspection bill

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 23:00
Hawaii State Gov. Neil Abercrombie has vetoed legislation that would dilute the state’s Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Program by exempting vehicles from testing for their first two to three years. Hawaii Senate Bill 1416 was originally introduced by Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, D-14.

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) opposed these proposed changes to the Hawaii Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Program. The bill’s effect would have been to create less-safe highways in Hawaii – more accidents leading to more injuries and possibly more deaths. State government studies of vehicle safety inspection programs in Missouri and Pennsylvania have indicated that inspection programs deter accidents, injuries and deaths. The bill, if it had passed, would have taken effect Jan. 1, 2013.

ASA thanks Hawaii repairers for contacting their legislators and expressing their opposition to S. B. 1416.

Read the Full text of the failed bill online.

The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry. ASA’s headquarters is in Bedford, Texas.

ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services.

For additional information about ASA, including past news releases, go to , or visit ASA's legislative website at .

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