A petition initiated by a local man is collecting signatures in an effort to eliminate the West Virginia motor vehicle inspection.
The petition on MoveOn.org declares that since Ohio does not require vehicle inspections, West Virginia drivers should not bear an extra burden for traveling the same roadways.
National statistics indicate that 12 to 13 percent of vehicle accidents are related to mechanical vehicle failure.
Corey Gilchrist of Parkersburg said state and local law enforcement should be focused on the real problems causing accidents such as drugs, alcohol, and distracted driving.
Gilchrist also says licensed auto shops are too busy with paying work to do inspections. He claims it can be difficult for West Virginians with a full time job to make it to an inspection station to comply with the state law.
“Too many West Virginians cannot afford to keep their older vehicles on the road when new car standards are required by inspections,” Gilchrist said.
The petition is close to meeting its goal – at which time it will be delivered to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, the West Virginia State House and the West Virginia State Senate.
Interested parties can view or sign the petition at: