Investigative entities have come to the conclusion that millions of cars in Texas may have gone unchecked for safety and emissions. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth reported that a state audit revealed that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TXDMV) may have failed to properly inspect millions of cars for safety and emissions regulations.
The audit reportedly found that the TXDMV failed to process or complete safety and emissions inspections for an estimated 3.5 million cars from October 2016 to December 2019. The TXDMV is responsible for conducting the inspections, which are conducted by private inspection stations throughout the state.
The Texas Comptroller’s Office, which conducted the audit, said that the TXDMV may have failed to enforce regulations pertaining to the inspection process, including requirements for station owners to provide documentation for the completion of safety and emissions inspections. The audit also found that the TXDMV failed to take adequate steps to ensure that inspection stations were in compliance with state regulations.
The audit concluded that the TXDMV’s lack of proper oversight could lead to the operation of unsafe and polluting vehicles on Texas roads. The report urged the TXDMV to take steps to ensure that inspection stations properly document the completion of safety and emissions inspections.
The TXDMV has responded to the audit in a statement, saying that they are “committed to enforcing laws and regulations related to vehicle safety and emissions” and are “implementing processes” to ensure that all vehicles in the state are inspected in a timely and accurate manner.
The office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has asserted that the TXDMV must enact stringent measures to ensure that the safety and emissions of all vehicles in the state are verified in accordance with the applicable regulations. It is believed that if the TXDMV does not take appropriate action to rectify the situation, millions of potentially unsafe and polluting vehicles may remain on Texas roadways.