I agree with your point but disagree with your argument. The way accident statistic are complied does not typically point to mechanical issues especially since most accidents have multiple causes. If someone is rear ended it's going to be listed as failure to stop, following too close, or whatever, even if bad breaks, bad shocks, bald tires, or non-functioning brake lights contributed to the crash. For an accident to be recorded as mechanical failure it literally has to be something like a wheel falling off. There is no statistical evidence either way because the evidence collected in meaningless. Any overall increase in accident rates would likely separable for other influencing factors, like increase vehicle safety and more driver distraction accidents.
That said I completely agree that inspections are largely a racket and this is not how governments should be using resources in terms of improving safety.
If you really want hell though, the UK MOT which is already an absurdity has once again got stricter. Your car is now consider a major fail and cannot even be driven away if you have a fluid leak (and even weeping fluid is considered a 'minor' failure and has to be fixed). This is under the guise of environmental protection. Why not just tax someone who drivers their car even if they live on a bus route or who take a 30 minute shower, which are surely more impactful on the environment than a few drops of oil a month. Of course its the individual that is expected to pay up though not the rich multinational companies who contribute far more pollution, but rather they get to get even richer from all the new cars these policies sell!
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