Utah Governor Signs Law Reducing Frequency of Required State Safety Inspections
April 5, 2012

by Penny Stacey, pstacey@glass.com

The governor of Utah recently signed a bill into law that will greatly reduce the frequency of the state's required vehicle safety inspections. H.B. 298 was signed into law on March 23 by Gov. Gary Herbert.

While the state's law previously required vehicles that are eight years or older to be inspected annually, the approved amendment changes the law to require annual inspections only for cars vehicles ten years or older. The law is expected to affect the number of auto glass repairs and replacements done in the state.

Additionally, for vehicles that are less than ten years old on January 1 of each year, the vehicles now will be required to undergo inspections only in their fourth and eighth years. Previously, Utah law required that vehicles less than eight years old undergo inspections in odd-numbered years for vehicles with an odd-numbered model year, and in even-numbered years for vehicles with an even-number model year.

Under the new law, a 10-year old vehicle in Utah will only be required to undergo two inspections in its first ten years, whereas previously vehicles would have been required to undergo two inspections in their first eight years, and then annually after that.

The bill was introduced to the state's house in February by Rep. John Dougall. The portion of the bill that changes the required frequency of state inspections takes effect on January 1, 2013.

Utah vehicle safety inspections include an inspection of the vehicle's windshield, sidelites and backlites, according to information from the state.

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