North Carolina Maintains Inspections on Newer Cars

Posted by Benji Riggins on June 6, 2012 under Interesting Info | Be the First to Comment

North Carolina drivers that own newer cars will still have to undergo an annual vehicle inspection after state lawmakers scuttled a proposal to exempt them from the requirement.

The Joint Transportation Oversight Committee by a 7 to 5 vote agreed to not hear the proposal this year despite arguments from some lawmakers that the inspections are an unnecessary expense to drivers.

Under the proposal, drivers with cars from the three newest model years would not have had to undergo safety and emission inspections. Proponents of the proposal said the inspections are unnecessary due to advances in car safety and technology.

The state’s Division of Program Evaluation found that less than one percent of the newer cars fail to meet state standards.

Committee Chair Jerry Tillman, R.-Randolph, who led the opposition to the proposal, said the proposals would hurt garage owners who perform the inspection and result in a loss of jobs.

The state charges $30 per car inspection and collects roughly $150 million in fees annually

By Michael Adams

North Carolina Senators Want to End Car Inspections

Posted by Benji Riggins on March 28, 2011 under Interesting Info | Be the First to Comment

Getting a car inspected can be a hassle, and a legislative report criticized North Carolina’s annual vehicle safety program.

But law enforcement and a group representing drivers are opposing an effort at the General Assembly to eliminate the yearly requirement.

Fifteen senators have co-sponsored a bill would to do away with the safety inspection program. It would also take a close look at emissions testing performed in 48 largely Piedmont or urban counties to meet federal clean air regulations.

Chief bill sponsor Sen. Stan Bingham of Davidson County said there’s less need for inspection, particularly with newer cars, because they’re well-made and roads are better than they once were.

Mike Robertson, commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles, said the program helps reduce the number of accidents.

By Gary D. Robertson | March 15, 2011