As a working cop, I always questioned the efficacy of those inspection stickers. If I made a traffic stop, it was one thing I checked, but I don't think I ever wrote a stand-alone ticket for an expired inspection sticker. If there was a problem, I would add it to the list of things, but generally, I'd just warn the motorist to get a new sticker.
The problem with inspection stickers is that it increases the bureaucracy. A portion of the money went to the State Police, a portion went to the Office of Motor Vehicles and a portion went to the actual inspector who conducted the inspection.
But, there is a bill in the state legislature to do away with inspection stickers completely. They would recoup the money by adding $10 to the registration fees. They would use that money to hire an additional 150 state troopers across the state.
Stonewall Republican Rep. Larry Bagley’s bill would eliminate the inspection requirement, but essentially retain the $10 fee by increasing the registration renewal cost. The money that would go to the local inspector under the current system would instead be earmarked for LSP, allowing the agency to hire an additional 150 troopers to patrol Louisiana highways.I thin this is a great idea. But in the interim, I still need to get the truck inspected.