Extend New York vehicle inspections during COVID-19

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Governor Andrew Cuomo did not include vehicle inspection stickers when he issued Executive Order 202.8 extending the expiration period for driver's licenses and vehicle registrations due to COVID-19. Vehicle inspection requires direct interaction between mechanics and customers, including getting into other people's cars, and should also be extended for public health reasons at this time.

The governor has taken a very prominent role in managing the coronavirus crisis and asking New Yorkers to do their part to stop the spread of the virus. This offers a direct opportunity for him to help us do just that by staying at home.

Most states do not even require inspections of privately owned passenger vehicles in normal times, and neighboring states that do require inspections have already extended them during COVID-19. New York has the most cases in the country and it certainly seems that unnecessary personal interactions pose a greater threat than going another month or two between inspections, particularly at a time when many vehicles are hardly being used due to social distancing. Please put the public's health first and extend vehicle inspection stickers now.