Slight car inspection fee increase narrowly passes committee

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A legislative committee has narrowly supported a slight uptick in the annual motor vehicle inspection fee in most North Carolina counties.

The House Transportation Committee voted 14-13 on Tuesday in favor of increasing the fee by $1 to $14.60. The increase would cover the 78 mostly rural or suburban counties where motorists already aren’t required to get emissions inspections. The combined rate in the 22 counties that require both emissions and safety inspections would remain at $30.

Bill sponsor Rep. Sarah Stevens of Surry County originally sought a $7 increase, saying it was designed in part to help automobile repair shops in more than two dozen counties where emissions tests were recently eliminated.

The amended measure still must clear two more committees before it can reach the House floor.

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