State lawmaker says brake tags are an outdated nuisance

State lawmaker says brake tags are an outdated nuisance

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - You have to have them in Louisiana, but state Rep. Larry Bagley says brake tags are outdated and a nuisance - that's why he wants to get rid  of them for personal cars.

"The inspection stickers have grown past their importance and their usefulness," he said. "I think now it's more of a nuisance. It's just something that you have to do, and it doesn't really do what they were originally designed to do."

Bagley has introduced a bill that, if passed, would mean only commercial vehicles, school buses and drivers in parishes subject to federal clean air monitoring would be required to get inspection stickers.

"I think now because the cars are so much better, we have much better policing of the highways, if it's a bad car having trouble running, has a crack all the way across the windshield, has windows out, that sort of thing, the police can stop them and take care of that because some of them will have windshields broken and have brand new stickers on them," Bagley said.

But not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

"I say keep it like it is," said Larry Lehmann with Keith's Auto Repair and Service.

Technician Lehmann says it's not uncommon to do 30 to 40 inspections a day, and he believes the tags definitely serve a purpose.

"I think it's foolish," he said. "How you going to check everything out on the car? How you going to check if they have bad tires or brake lights out or something? How you know if they got insurance? You never know until you check it out."

But Bagley, who's an insurance agent, argues a driver can simply drop their insurance after getting a brake tag and go uninsured for two years before they have to get another one. And when it comes to safety?

"School buses, for instance, go every six months. If you're really interested in the safety, you'd have regular checkups," he said.

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