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SURVEY REVEALS PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION PROGRAM

SURVEY REVEALS PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION PROGRAM
    MIAMI, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey of public attitudes toward the Florida Motor Vehicle Inspection Program (MVIP) reveals that significant numbers of motorists who have gone through inspections are satisfied with station location, length of inspection, cost and service from personnel at the emissions inspection stations.
    However, motorists who have not yet had their vehicles inspected believe the program may be inconvenient or is unfair because it is not statewide and express some skepticism that it will reduce pollution.
    The survey, conducted for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the MVIP contractors by Market Information Specialists of Plantation, divided motorists in MVIP counties into two groups -- those with inspection experience and those without inspection experience.  When asked a series of questions unique to that group, it was revealed that:
                             (DADE COUNTY)
    -- 89 percent of Dade County motorists with inspection experience
    rate the personnel at testing stations "excellent" or "good."
    -- 88 percent of Dade County motorists with inspection experience
    believe that emissions inspection stations are "very" or "somewhat"
    convenient.
    -- 79 percent of Dade motorists with inspection experience
    say they waited less than 20 minutes for a test.
    -- 61 percent of motorists with inspection experience believe
    the $10 fee is "reasonable."
    -- 69 percent of Dade County motorists with no inspection experience
    "favored" or "somewhat favored" the emissions testing program.
    -- 28 percent of Dade motorists with no inspection experience
    were "opposed" or "somewhat opposed" to the emissions testing
    program.  The most commonly cited reasons for being opposed
    included a) inconvenience (16 percent); b) will not work (16
    percent); and c) unfair -- not statewide (14 percent).
                          (PALM BEACH COUNTY)
    -- 89 percent of Palm Beach County motorists with inspection
    experience say they waited less than 20 minutes for a test.
    -- 89 percent of Palm Beach County motorists with inspection
    experience rate the personnel at testing stations as "excellent"
    or "good."
    -- 85 percent of Palm Beach County motorists with inspection
    experience believe that emissions inspection stations are "very
    convenient" or "somewhat convenient."
    -- 61 percent of Palm Beach County motorists with inspection
    experience believe the $10 fee is "reasonable."
    -- 69 percent of Palm Beach County motorists with no inspection
    experience "favored" or "somewhat favored" the emissions testing
    program.
    -- 28 percent of Palm Beach County motorists with no inspection
    experience were "opposed" or "somewhat opposed" to the emissions
    testing program.  The most commonly cited reasons for being
    opposed included a) cost of inspection (17 percent); b) will
    not work (12 percent); c) cost of repair (12 percent); d) cannot
    enforce (12 percent); and e) unfair -- not statewide (10 percent).
    -- 97 percent of motorists in all MVIP counties were aware
    of the inspection program.
    The extensive survey was an attempt to measure public opinion after six months of emissions testing.
    -0-                      11/20/91
    /NOTE TO EDITOR:  Systems Control has a limited number of survey copies available for qualified media representatives./
    /CONTACT:  Chris Stock of Stock & Stock Associates, Inc., 305-378-0274 or 305-542-8621 (mobile), for Systems Control/ CO:  Systems Control ST:  Florida IN:  AUT SU: AW-MR -- FL002 -- 5228 11/20/91 08:03 EST
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