Things just got a bit easier for Texas vehicle owners

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Earlier this month the Texas House and Senate both passed a bill that would eliminate the need for vehicle inspections.  The only thing holding up the passage of the bill was the signature of Governor Greg Abbott.

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On Tuesday, June 13, 2023, Governor Abbott signed off on the bill which means that vehicle inspections will no longer be required.

When does this law go into effect?

If you were hoping not to have to get a state vehicle inspection this year or next year.  You're out of luck.  The new law will not go into effect until 2025.

If you are thinking you'll be able to pocket the $7.50 you were spending on a vehicle inspection, well you won't be able to do that either.  That will just roll into your annual registration fee.

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Here you thought you wouldn't have to pay that anymore.

Nope!  It'll just be rolled into what you already pay when you get your yearly tags.

Just because the vehicle inspections are gone, that doesn't mean the vehicle emissions test goes away.  That will still be required for those cities that are required to have that done each year.  The following counties are still required, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Harris, Tarrant, Brazoria, Ellis, Fort Bend, Galveston, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Travis, Williamson, and El Paso counties.

Look forward to the future when you can save that time not having to take your car to a mechanic to get inspected.   Just because you will no longer have to have your vehicle inspected, that doesn't mean stop taking care of your car.  It's about your safety as well as the safety of others.

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