In a recent report, New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) tried to answer the question, “Why does New Hampshire require annual automobile inspections?”
According to mechanics and state officials, the answer is “safety.” Like an annual physical, an annual car inspection can catch small problems before they become major safety hazards.
However, most states do not require annual inspections. According to NHPR, there’s no evidence that cars are more or less safe in those states.
Inspections also bring in about $4 million for the state each year. That revenue is important in a state without a sales or income tax.
In 2015 the New Hampshire Legislature considered changing the car inspection requirement to biennial. When we asked our community about that idea, most commenters did not support the idea.
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