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December 20, 2018

Vehicle Safety Inspection Study

In 2017, the 85th Texas State Legislature passed Senate Bill (S.B.) 2076 with this requirement:

“Not later than December 31, 2018, the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shall:

(1) conduct a study on the efficiency and necessity of the titling, including actions related to titling such as registration, and inspection of vehicles in this state; and
(2) submit to the legislature a report on the results of the study that includes:

a. identification of any elements of the vehicle titling, including actions related to titling such as registration, and inspection programs that can be eliminated; and
b. recommendations for legislation to eliminate those elements.”

S.B. 2076 was signed by Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, on June 15, 2017, and became effective September 1, 2017. The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), using a competitive selection process, awarded a contract to The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR) to conduct this study.

Study Objectives
The objectives of this study were to meet legislative requirements through these three tasks:

Recommendations
The findings from this study’s analysis indicate that the Inspection Program saves lives and enhances safety. The CTR team strongly recommends the following:

Read the study:



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