Perdue wants review of NC vehicle inspections

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Submitted: Thu, 11/03/2011 - 12:47pm
Updated: Thu, 11/03/2011 - 4:49pm

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue has ordered a review of North Carolina’s vehicle inspection program.

Perdue told The Charlotte Observer the state should consider exempting newer cars and trucks from the program because those vehicles are still under warranty.

A review by the newspaper and The News & Observer of Raleigh found many garages that inspect vehicles pass unsafe cars or do unnecessary repairs.

Davidson County Sen. Stan Bingham says he would support a plan to exclude vehicles no more than 4 years old from inspection requirements.

Perdue says she wants the Division of Motor Vehicles to conduct a detailed review of the program that the agency oversees.

North Carolina requires most vehicles to have brakes, windshield wipers and other parts checked. South Carolina dropped a similar program years ago.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


  • Guest461 says:

    That their inspection program is benefiting the safety of your family? It’s okay, I used to believe in the Tooth Fairy…when I was 3.
    Those inspections are totally useless as any type safety ehancement for you or your family! They do a once around on your car, they don’t even LOOK at yout tires. They don’t inspect your brakes and they only look at your wiper blades to sell you new ones.

    2 years ago, I tested this so called inspection. I had a set of tires with over 65K miles on them, clearly shot and worn. But..I put brand new wiper blades on and made sure my lights worked. They were more concerned about getting the extra 14 dollars for checking my tinted windows. I replaced the tires the next week, but the test worked and is fully indicative of the people you pay for that service.

    Remember that 20 dollars of that 30 dollar fee you pay is to check your vehicles emissions. That has nothing to do with yout cars mechanical safety, or yours, or that of your family! The state sure does love it though!

  • GuestUSMC says:

    Guest111, you sound pretty much isolated from what is really going on. When you have a vehicle inspected, you have another 12 months before it is due again. Suppose your tires just barely pass when checked. They will be worn past the legal limits in a short time. Vehicle inspection is a completely worthless program. I have yet to take my vehicle (we have 5) to any inspection ststion anywhere, and it be inspected as it should be. Never since the program started has a garage ever put my car on a lift and inspected the brakes, tie rod ends, steering, pulled a rear wheen to check brake shoes or wheel cylinders. It does not happen. I used to work for a company that had a fleet of trucks. I would take the registration cards to the inspection station, pay the fee and the guy would give me the sticker which I placed on the windshield myself without him ever seeing the vehicle. This still happens. I don’t think the state makes a lot off the inspection. The shop that inspects it gets most of it, and rightly so. The system is a joke. Many states have done away with all vehicle inspections. SC, and Florida, which had one of the most thorough and tough programs have both long since done away with their inspection programs. I sincerely hope that NC does the same.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    My friend’s son asked me if I could give him a ride to work one Saturday morning. As we were heading toward town, I asked him what was wrong with his truck.

    It turns out that nothing was wrong with his truck other than it was up on blocks for the day. He had “rented” his tires and wheels to a friend who also had a Tacoma, but with tires that wouldn’t pass inspection.

    So for allowing his tires to be used for the day his friend paid him $80 and did all the work changing them between trucks and back. Now that guy can drive around with a valid inspection sticker and bald tires for a year.

    The inspections do very little beyond raise revenue.

  • Guest111 says:

    I don’t like paying for this, either. However, without some sort of monitoring we have a lot of idiots who would get out on the road with loose lug nuts, slick tires that can blow out, causing them to hit us head on, polution and unsafe vehicles in general. Which is the most important to you and your family, safety or 30.00?

  • Dale says:

    The less fortune must pay while those who can afford to keep a new vehicle will pay nothing.

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    that was thinking on their part..not saying it’s right but smart.

  • Don't beleive it says:

    The way you brag on here about all the money you make,I’m surprised a man of your means would even have friends with family that need 80 bucks.

  • Guest66666 says:

    You obviously haven’t bought any tires lately. And, for your information, with bald tires, you still pay the inspection fee but have to repair your vehicle (tires in this case), which would be very costly, before re-inspection. I know plenty of people who have borrowed tires from others for inspection purposes. And for those concerned about pre ’96 vehicles not undergoing the emissions test, they do not have the OBDII plug under the dash that is required by the inspection computers. They have an OBDI, but it is not compatible with the inspection equipment. They are however required to have all the original factory emissions equipment installed and in working order.

  • Guest111 says:

    You call me naive??? Are you nuts??? WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD SPEND 80. TO AVOID 30.00???? You can buy used tires and probably 4 for 80.00! Please!! And YOU BELIEVE this story??? Naive my hind foot!!

  • GuestBs says:

    Im calling bs on your story. Sounds like something you wished you had thought of but are now too old to pull off.

  • Guest 2012 says:

    and you will never see it go away.

    I’d love to have this program abolished.

  • Guest 2011 says:

    I wonder how much money the state will spend on this “review”? Most states have already dropped this stupid program but not NC! This is a perfect example of a fee that is really a tax. Does anyone know how much money this silly program brings in each year…has to be millions. Everyone needs to contact their representative in Raleigh and tell them to cut this confusing scam of a program.

  • Brian says:

    Colorado has a neat little program going regarding inspections. They have vans that park for the day in set locations, and they photograph passing vehicles, their license plates, and test their emissions via an infrared sensor. If your vehicle passes through the sensor twice in a year’s time and passes the sensor test, you automatically pass inspection for the next year. No fee.

  • Brian says:

    Agreed. If the idea is to limit pollution, then emissions inspections should apply to ALL vehicles, regardless of age. There should be different standards for older vehicles, but standards nonetheless.

  • Guest461 says:

    It’s nothing other than another government run money generator. Currently any automobile built before 1996 is exempt from emmissions inspection, those old buggys are the ones burning oil, running without emissions controls and polluting the air. It isn’t the new cars.

    But…where oh where would they make up for all of that lost revenue?

  • Guest7969 says:

    program is a SCAM anyway! Just a fund to take more taxes from!

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