Driver safety. Passenger safety. Pedestrian safety.
For those of us in the transportation business, these are our guiding imperatives. For those of us with children, these are our unrelenting obsessions.
It is therefore understandable that concerns are being raised about New Jersey's new inspection law — a law that eliminates the requirement for "mechanical" car inspections ... loosens the requirement for "emissions" car inspections ... and puts an end to all motorcycle inspections.
To be sure, it is unclear whether inspections actually lead to safer vehicles. As NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Raymond Martinez recently explained, there is a "lack of conclusive data" on the matter. And it was this lack of certainty — combined with the possibility of saving the state $17 million per year — that led to the change of policy.