Lawmaker hopes to do away with brake tags

Lawmaker hopes to do away with brake tags

(WVUE) - One Louisiana lawmaker proposed a bill this legislative session to get rid of vehicle inspection stickers.

Rep. Lawrence Bagley, R-Stonewall, filed HB 597 that would eliminate the inspection sticker requirement for certain vehicles. The bill would leave the requirement in place for commercial and student transportation vehicles.

According to our partners at Times-Picayune, Bagley doesn't think the stickers do much to make the roads safer. "I just think it's something we've done for a long time to get additional revenue," he said. Bagley believes a sticker won't fix anything if a car's safety features aren't functioning probably.

Bagley says his bill is not intended to tamper with the state's revenue. reports the $10 yearly state inspection fee gets split three ways: $4.75 to state-certified stations that perform the inspections; $4 to Louisiana State Police; and the remaining $1.25 to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.

Bagley's bill would push the state's Office of Motor Vehicles to charge a $5.25 fee for all vehicles that no longer need to get a brake tag. The majority of the fee, $4, would go to Louisiana State Police.

"To me, it's a win-win all around," he said. "Everyone's happy, and we pay less money."

OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain told she'd like to see a feasibility study to assess the impact the inspections have on road safety before lawmakers consider the bill.

"It's important to make sure everything's done correctly," she said. "It's not about the person that's driving the car. It's about whether the brakes are working or whether you've had your vehicle checked under the hood."

Bagley says he's met and will continue to meet with OMV officials as well as state police, but he's confident he's opinion of the state inspection stickers won't change.

The bill would not apply to Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston and West Baton Rouge parishes where a federal Clean Air Act requires vehicle emissions inspections.

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