New Brunswick NDP would reduce vehicle inspections
Leader Dominic Cardy says an inspection every two years is enough; mechanics disagree
As the provincial election approaches, the New Democratic Party has vowed to make vehicle inspections less frequent.
Anyone who owns a vehicle in New Brunswick is required by law to get a safety inspection once a year.
"Puts a little money back into the pockets of New Brunswickers, and takes a little bit of burden off of them, and doesn't have any impact on the safety of our roads," Cardy said.
Some people interviewed on the street by CBC News said they would welcome the change because it would save them money and mean less frequent trips to the garage.
"Saving 25 bucks over being upside down in the ditch one day. It doesn't really seem — it kind of offsets it I think," said Adam Clarkson.
Clarkson said he does several vehicle inspections a week at Wonder Auto and Tire in Fredericton and more often than not, he spots a problem.
"There's a lot of issues that go on with cars, even in the first couple of years, not major stuff but tires, lights and wiper blades and stuff like that," said Clarkson.
"We've seen cars in here with expired inspections. We've seen cars in here that have been involved in accidents with maybe bald tires. And the bald tires cause the car to hydroplane," he said.
New Brunswick and PEI are the only provinces that require annual vehicle inspections.
The Progressive Conservatives reviewed the idea of making inspections less frequent a few years ago, but no changes were made.