Kevin Landrigan: New Hampshire will keep annual auto inspections
CONCORD - If you own a car or truck, you have to get it inspected every year.
New Hampshire is in the minority of states since three out of every four either don't have car inspections or let motorists have to get them every other year.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers tried to change that and fell flat today.
The House rejected legislation to go to biennial inspections, 207-140.
Rep. Dan Tamburello, R-Londonderry, said it's a myth that these annual inspections are needed to keep unsafe cars off the road.
"We've got 33 or 36 states without annual inspections and there isn't Armageddon on the streets,'' Tamburello said.
But owners of auto body and repair shops warned that the tough winters do major damage to vehicles and inspections are needed to detect major flaws.
Tamburello said the bill he co-authored with popular with citizens but not with a powerful auto lobby.