Out of 8.2 million vehicles inspected in Va. last year, nearly 20% had defects

Almost one out of every five vehicles inspected in Virginia last year had defects that required immediate repairs or a rejection sticker, according to Virginia State Police data.

This week, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed scrapping state-mandated vehicle safety inspections, drawing new focus to a decades-old program meant to ensure cars travelling Virginia roads are in reliable condition. The Northam administration has pointed out that most other states don’t require inspections and says there’s little data showing inspection programs improve public safety.

Whether inspections do or don’t have an impact on crash rates, the State Police data shows the program forced fixes to be made to more than 1.6 million vehicles in 2018.