Senate votes to relax helmet law, vehicle safety inspections

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would do away with vehicle safety inspections for thousands of Missourians and let adult motorcyclists cruise the highways without helmets.

The legislation passed Thursday by the Senate now needs only a final House vote to go to Gov. Mike Parson.

It would do away with the helmet requirement for adults age 18 and older riders who have health insurance.

It also would exempt vehicles with less than 150,000 miles and no more than 10 years old from needing safety inspections when renewing their registrations. Safety inspections currently are required for all vehicles more than five years old.

Legislative staff estimate almost 1.2 million vehicles could become exempt from inspections as a result of the bill.

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