Texas Millions of Cars Fraudulent Safety/Emissions Tests

Why Texas Earned the Paper Plate Nickname

Investigators in Texas are convinced that an immense quantity of automobiles in the state have not gone through their security and emissions tests as prescribed by legislature. According to NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth, these asserted violations create a grave threat to general road safety.

NBC5 News exposed roughly one year prior that specific state-governed car dealerships were unlawfully dealing in paper temporary license plates, usually to get around inspection regulations.

The news channel that referred to Texas as the “Paper Tag Nation” has now exposed an even bigger issue. Despite inspections being conducted on a regular basis, many of them are being fraudulently passed – and the state agencies in charge of the vehicle inspection program are not taking any action. It’s not only cars with paper plates that are putting other drivers at risk; the problem is far more widespread.

Sgt. Jose Escribano, an investigator with a Travis County Constables unit that specializes in inspection and license plate fraud, has said that “the system leaves ‘the door totally open to fraud.'” He believes that up to five million cars have managed to evade the Texas annual safety inspection, which could lead to serious safety issues. He points out that there is no logical reason why drivers would avoid getting their vehicles checked.

An evaluation of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s emissions inspection data has been done to discern the approximate number of cars. Red flags indicating potential fraud have been identified by Travis County Constables during the assessment.

In order to highlight the problem more, NBC 5 placed a camera at a car shop for over sixty minutes, however no cars drove in or left. But according to the paperwork, the store surprisingly examined 23 vehicles within this time frame. It’s a fair speculation that they are simply plugging the emissions examinator into the same car over and over again. Fortunately, there is a certain device available which could be inserted into the analyzer.

Where the car is missing, evidently, the mandatory safety examination won’t be carried out either. For the businesses this is an easy way to make more money, not even needing to check for insurance. Once the vehicle is passed, its operator is entitled to a temporary license plate and regular plates, plus their yearly registration labels.

“The cost of passing a vehicle inspection can vary significantly, with prices ranging from $100 to $500,” said Darryl Smith, a mechanic at the local garage. “Generally, this is going to be much more economical than having your car fixed properly – especially if you have an old white Nissan Versa with its bumpers barely hanging on!”


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