Fewer State Inspections?

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HAZLETON -- State-mandated vehicle inspections have some people talking this week.
That's because some lawmakers want fewer checks when buying a new car or truck.

A mechanic at Fairway Subaru Chevrolet in Hazleton removed a tire to inspect the brakes.
This is usually done once a year as part of the state mandated inspection program. A proposed law would require a mechanical test every two years for new cars and trucks.  The mandated yearly pollution test would be cut to once every 10 years. The inspections cost about $30.

Service Manager Chrip Brestowski said that could mean less money for garages.

"With the economic conditions, shops looking for additional work, I think that would affect the economy for the shop owners," said Brestowski.

Kelvin Torres was buying a new sports utility vehicle. Torres said he likes the idea of paying less for inspections.

"It's a bonus I can say because I am going for a vehicle because I want to stay away from constantly going to get the car fixed little things here a little things there," said Torres.

Al Crozza is one of the sales manager for Subaru. He said the proposal calling for fewer inspections for new vehicles has good and bad points.

"Some people that drive low miles, it won't be a big problem, but some people drive a lot of miles and two years is a long time to go with tires and brakes and that`s my concern," said Crozza.

Keith Laylo, the sales manager for the Chevrolet side of the business agrees.

"It's a little more convenient for us because we don't have to inspect their cars prior to delivery the bad point is, I appraise cars every day that we find problems with and people don't know about it," said Laylo.

The proposal to ease state inspections is just that, a proposal. It first has to be passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor before it can become law.