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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Two North Carolina agencies say exempting late-model automobiles from emissions inspections could be done without creating steep obstacles to meet federal air quality requirements while keeping highway funds flowing from Washington.

The Division of Motor Vehicles and Division of Air Quality have completed a study mandated by this year’s state budget to examine the effects of exempting the three newest model-year vehicles from the emissions inspections or eliminating those inspections altogether. The emissions are currently required in 48 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

The report recommend the three-year exemption and said eliminating the program could result in the state losing $27 million annually and potentially 4,400 inspection stations going out of business.

The full General Assembly would have to approve any changes to the emissions inspections.

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  • Guest327

    Hopefully this inspection nonsense will be a thing of the past very soon. The 4,400 stations probably didn’t perform the inspections correctly anyhow, so let them fold. I have owned a vehicle(s) for 50 years and no station has ever followed the rules when inspecting my cars/trucks. As for the lost 27M$, I doubt seriously if any of the other states that abandoned their inspection programs gave up any funds. The whole thing is a racket and ripoff.


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