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Senate passes bill mandating state vehicle inspections every two years

By Austin Simms,

WV Legislative Photography, Photo by Will Price

CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – On Friday, the West Virginia State Senate passed a bill that would change mandatory state vehicle inspections from every year to every two years.

According to the language of the committee substitute for SB 254, mandatory vehicle inspections of antique and all other motor vehicles would occur every two years. The price of the sticker would increase from $3 to $6 to cover the validity for two years.

Senator Mike Stuart (R-Kanawha), the bill’s lead sponsor, said that this bill isn’t perfect but it is a step in the right direction. “I would have personally preferred a longer period, if the bill can’t pass, well, no change can be made,” Stuart said.

Bills similar to this have been introduced in the Legislature in the past but have not been able to pass. “For decades, many have tried but, until today, it’s never passed the State Senate. It’s never even come close,” Stuart explained.

Senate Bill 254 passed through the Senate on a 23-5 vote. The bill now goes to the House of Delegates.

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