I am getting increasingly frustrated with the Nanny-state motor vehicle inspection system. Since I now have a 4 car fleet to maintain (including two teenage drivers), it is becoming increasingly difficult to get through the inspection process every year. I've been working on cars for 40 years and I know what is and is not a safety problem. The State Inspection system is a farce because:
1.) Many of the criteria in the inspection rules have nothing to do with safety.
2.) Many of the criteria have no objective standards for inspectors to follow.
3.) The enforcement mechanism for garages consists of a protection racket, where the State Police threaten the inspection mechanics with fines and suspensions over trivial infractions.
4.) All objective studies show no correlation between highway safety and motor vehicle inspections.
I can only imagine how many millions of dollars are wasted every year on unnecessary repairs.
I'm convinced that the only reason we have inspections in Maine is to keep people in newer cars that have high exise taxes.
Why not a citizens initiative to eliminate this rediculous system?