CAWA Pursuing Safety Inspections In California

CAWA and Auto Care Association representatives met with the chief of California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and his team last week to discuss the feasibility of creating a vehicle safety inspection program in the state.

While recognizing that the proposal would be a “heavy lift,” the assembled group decided to move forward and develop a plan to pursue the inspections, CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini said.

Preliminary tasks include developing a coalition of supporters for safety inspections; assessing the legislature’s and governor’s appetite for supporting a program; looking for support of state administrative agencies, such as the California Highway Patrol and Office of Traffic Safety; determining the interests of consumer groups; and continuing to communicate with the leadership team of BAR.

Vehicles require inspections before registration in California, but the inspections focus on emissions standards, not mechanical safety.