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North Carolina ends test on new car emissions


CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- The owners of new vehicles no longer will have to get emissions tests starting in 2014.

The Charlotte Observer reported Gov. Beverly Perdue has signed into law a bill that exempts vehicles three years old and newer from annual checks designed to fight air pollution.

Vehicles still must be checked every year for headlights, tires, wipers and some other parts.

The tests had been required in 48 of the state's 100 counties.

Drivers pay $13.60 for the safety test. The emissions test is an extra $16.40.

There have been attempts to end vehicle inspections in North Carolina, but repair shops and garage owners have opposed that.

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The emissions test has been

The emissions test has been stupid because it was the older vehicles that were exempted and they are the ones most likely to have emissions issues. And it is idiotic that you cannot get passed just because the check engine light is on. My husband's vehicle has computer issues and the check engine light is always on. But the regulations read that you have to spend $250 trying to get it fixed in order to get a waiver so that you can get your registration. The whole inspections thing is a racket and a ripoff.

I kind of agree insomuch as

I kind of agree insomuch as the inspections thing being a ripoff... The extra regulation doesn't seem to make much difference!


I have had little trouble with inspections. I finally have a mechanic I trust completely. But in the past I always made it plain that whatever it was they found wrong I would take it home, fix it and bring it back. But unless it was a two dollar bulb or something very cheap I always left and came back. One station told me i needed four tires and a muffler. When I told him I was going down the road to get it fixed and would be back he changed his mind and passed it. I took the car to another garage and they told me the tires and muffler were fine.
just my way of dealing with the problem.

It has been proven that

It has been proven that vehicle inspections do absolutely nothing to improve safety. All inspections should be done away with, as has been the case in many other states. As mentioned, it is the garage owners who want the program because their pockets are padded. It is time to do what is right and forget the special interest and do away with this needless expense on everyone who owns a vehicle less than 35 years old.


mean..where else you gonna get that 10 dollar bulb! Our ELECTED leadership should stop this CRAP! When the people FIGHTING FOR IT are the ones doing the inspections...OBVIOUSLY somethings rotten in Denmark!

NC state inspections should

NC state inspections should have been done away with 25 years ago, we are the last of the dinosaur states left, inspections do nothing but line the pockets of beauracacy, no state around of us still has them, just the NC democrats still with their hand in our pockets, Carolyn Justice was on the band wagon about 2 to 3 years back to do away with them and all of a sudden she got off the bandwagon, guess somebody got to her too, I'd rather give the state the small fee for the inspection rather than waste 1/2 a day getting it, by the time you schedule it, drive to it, wait your time to make NC happy and get home you waste a half a day a vehicle, geez!

As you know...

inspection stickers are no longer needed. Therefore, the cost of an inspection should have decreased...but it didn't. Just another way for the state to suck a few extra dollars out of us each year. And as you said, there's no correlation between inspections and vehicle safety...or the driver behind the wheel.