Tennessee recently eliminated the $20 per unit electrical safety inspection fee that RV dealers had to pay prior to each sale, The Associated Press reports.
Assistant Tennessee Commissioner of Commerce Emmett Turner announced in a letter sent to RV dealers last month the decision to halt the inspections.
The inspections were eliminated because a review by the Department of Commerce and Insurance found they often were “cursory at best,” according to Paula Wade, spokeswoman for the department.
The state inspections also were redundant because RVs already are certified by the manufacturers to meet federal standards, Wade said. So, the state inspections were halted “in interest of fairness and uniform application of the law,” she added.
Rick Rodgers of Crowder RV Center Inc. in Johnson City, the Tennessee representative to the national Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), said the state inspections were an unnecessary expense, which many dealers passed on to consumers, because manufacturers and dealers check each rig extensively.
Eliminating the inspections indicates Gov. Phil Bredesen “is trying to run government more like a business,” Rodgers added.