RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. and WASHINGTON, D.C. The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) sent letters to members of the Mississippi House and Senate on Jan. 18 opposing measures introduced by lawmakers that would repeal the state’s vehicle safety inspection program. Mississippi Senate Bills 2182 and 2396 and House Bill 151 seek to end the program.
Ann Wilson, MEMA senior vice president for government affairs, wrote on behalf of AASA members, noting that repeal would compromise consumer safety. The letter highlighted the increasing age of vehicles on the road today and also related the large amount of unperformed or underperformed vehicle maintenance and the correlating importance of preserving the state program.
MEMA and AASA say they will continue efforts to propose a robust national vehicle safety inspection program as one of the associations’ top priorities in 2011.
The full text of the Mississippi letters can be viewed at these links: Sen. Bob Dearing letter; Sen. Eric Powell letter; Mississippi House letter.