Petition Urges Elimination of WV Vehicle Inspection

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:
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/eliminate-wv-motor-vehicle

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley, Lyons' first book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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