Opponents of bill to remove inspection sticker say jobs and drivers will suffer

Opponents of bill to remove inspection sticker say jobs and drivers will suffer

The $5 Mississippi State Inspection stickers that signifies your vehicle is safe on the roadways maybe a thing of the past if Lt. Governor Tate Reeves' bill to discontinue the sticker is approved.

Reeves said the stickers aren't an effective way of collecting what he said is basically a $5 tax. Instead, he believes the agency in charge of enforcing the required stickers, the Mississippi Highway Patrol are better off on the road focusing on safety there.

Drivers and those in the business of conducting inspections said they hope this idea doesn't stick around. Justin Poulos inspects several vehicles in a day at David Poulos Tires and Auto in Biloxi.

"Alright sir, if you don't mind can I get you to hold your breaks?" Justin Poulos asked a driver.

David Poulos Tire and Auto is one of many places on the coast drivers go to get a state inspection sticker. Everything from wipers, break lights, turn signals and even the horns are checked.

If everything works drivers pay the $5 fee for the sticker. Not passing the inspection results in no sticker and a ticket from a state trooper that could cost you more than $100.

But with Lt. Governor Tate Reeves proposal to do away with the sticker program concerns are mounting over safety on the road.

"I think it will be a bad thing because there's a lot of vehicles out here that need to be inspected. They shouldn't be on the road. Insurance is high now and you have vehicles that are out that shouldn't be on the road. It's only going to hurt the consumer," said Anthony Williams.

"I think we need to keep inspection stickers because I've seen people drive with their tires so worn out that their wires were sticking out. And I thought that was a pretty bad idea," said Riley Schaubhut.

"With doing away with inspection stickers that's going to stop it all together. People, who have bad tires, they don't care. They're not going to buy tires. They're going to put you at fault because it's going to be dangerous for people driving on the road with people with bad tires," David Poulos said. He also said jobs will suffer because businesses providing these stickers get $3 for every sticker and the state gets the other $2.

Poulos asked, "How is the Lt. Governor going to pay the lose of jobs and salaries that people are getting because they're doing inspection stickers?"
Poulos believes peeling this program will mean a dangerous tradeoff.

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