AUGUSTA (WGME) -- A work session is scheduled for a bill that would change the future of car inspections in Maine.
LD 746, introduced by Sen. Eloise Vitelli (D-Arrowsic), seeks to move the state to biennial vehicle inspections and allow Maine State Police to completely modernize the inspection program.
Every year, around 1.3 million cars are inspected in Maine. According to Maine State Police, around 25-30% of those vehicles will fail inspection.
For that reason, the head of the state's Motor Vehicle Inspection Program, Maine State Police Lt. Bruce Scott, says his office opposes the proposed legislation.
While Maine State Police say the inspection system does need to be modernized, the agency feels biennial inspections could put public safety at risk.
Maine is currently one of only three states that still runs its vehicle inspection program on paper forms and handwritten documents. The proposed legislation would also allow the state to move to an electronic inspection system.
Wednesday’s workshop is at 10 a.m.