North Carolina Considers Ending Vehicle Safety Inspections

North Carolina lawmakers may repeal the state's required annual motor vehicle safety inspections.

The Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday debated a measure its sponsor said would save owners more than $12 a year on each
vehicle. Sen. Charlie Albertson of Duplin County said residents spend more than $80 million a year for inspections of tires, brakes, lights and other safety equipment.

Albertson said a report by the Legislature's Program Evaluation Division found no proof inspections improve road safety, and no increase in accidents after South Carolina and Nebraska repealed their inspection laws.

Representatives of the state Highway Patrol, Division of Motor Vehicles, AAA Carolinas, and repair-shop owners opposed ending the

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  • by Mom Location: Washington on Aug 5, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    I understand both sides if this. Taxpayer: We would save a few dollars a year, the inconvienance would be gone, and for the most part we use commone sense when something on our cars need to be fixed. State:They lose money that will be made up in taxes or something else that we will have to pay down the road. I don't mind paying for an inspection. I get tires regularly, my light bulbs changed when they blow. My horn works and my turn signal. No more than they check when they check we could keep those few dollars. But we must be aware if they stop the inspections something else is going to be done to replace it.
  • by sd Location: winterville on Aug 4, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Lordy, lordy. ARE WE NOT TRYING TO INCREASE OUR STATE REVENUES AS WE SPEAK? Sometimes I think being retarded is a prerequisite to being a politician!!!
  • by Eric Location: ENC on Aug 4, 2009 at 03:47 AM
    I own two vehicles.The engine light on one of my cars stays on. I spent over $1,ooo dollars between two CAR DEALERSHIPS only to have the eggine light back on after a couple of days. NO ONE KNOWS WHY. But I have to put up wiht the BS from the state department. THIS IS DEFINITELY TO MUCH GOVERNMENT.People that don't have the money to get their cars inspected and have to work are going to drive anyway to feed their kids.The penelties are rough on honest hard working people that are jus trying to make ends meet.They need money to get vevicles fix instead of giving it to legislators. And the lazy folks are going to drive anything that will run regardless of safety inspections.Somebody needs to get on the TAX MAKERS about property and personal taxes also. Raising taxes in a time like we're in is redicules AND IT"S BEING DONE>
  • by F GUMP on Aug 3, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    Like mama use to say they find something else to go up on.
  • by SAT Location: washington,nc on Aug 3, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    the biggest problem in Nort Carolina is not inspections but in drivers you can't or should not be allowed to drive if you can't read English! driving a mule cart one week and the next week allowed to drive a pick up truck. The system is broke.
  • by Tim Location: VAnceboro on Aug 3, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    Let me guess steve, you do inspections and you don't want to miss out on that knot you make fogging it to the customer for every little thing when they come in.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Aug 2, 2009 at 09:23 PM
    I'd rather just pay the fee in my registration rather than a corrupt service station. One in Washington was doing right by us for a while, but we waited until the last minute one year, and they closed early for some reason, and we went somewhere else, and they hit us with a bunch of bogus fees. The car was fine, but we paid it because we had to. And I know a guy in Greenville who has a friend just give him a sticker. Definitely a broken system.
  • by Kathy Location: new bern on Aug 2, 2009 at 09:16 PM
    NC should get rid of this inspections stuff every year you have to pay $30.00 my check engine light been on for 3 years and all the garage people do is turn the check engine light off and tell you to drive 40 or 50 miles and if it don't come back on they will pass it.Look its away of getting around this.It makes no sense.Why would the state allow a 35 year old car been on the road and don't have to be inspected makes no sense to me.Another thing after I passed inspection the check engine light came right back on the next day.And I been driving every since.I go through this every year.NC needs to get rid of inpections for good.
  • by Steven Business Owner Location: Asheville on Aug 2, 2009 at 07:16 PM
    I noticed an officer of the N.C. DMV had made a comment about it being a waste of time and money for the state. The DMV enforcement needs to be more strict and revoke the license of these shops that just slape an approval # on the report and let the customer go no matter if it passes or not. But no lets just slap their rist and let them keep making the straight up shops look bad in the publics eye. The vehicle inspection needs to be just that an inspection that is set fourth by the state and is performed by not every Tom ,Dick or Harry that can pass the test the state sets fourth to become certified.It needs to be done by shops that haven't been ticketed a half a dozen times. I hope the state really thinks about this before they drop the inspection. The real cause that their effectivness has not been very great is the fact of DMV not doing a good job as a hole. If anything is done the fines for shops needs to be alot stiffer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Steven,Business Owner Location: Asheville on Aug 2, 2009 at 06:52 PM
    It is very easy to say that no harm will come if the state inspection is removed.Most vehicles that come into my shop are safe for the road and need no repairs but there are those that are unsafe and do need to be repaired for the safety of everyone on the road.For the consumer it is easy to say drop it but what happens when this unsafe vehicle crosses the center line due to some mechanical issue and kills your wife and kids.Then I suppose your story will change and you will be wanting to sue N.C. for removing the inspections.Regardless of what happens there are thousands of state inspection stations in N.C.that had to spend $5,000 to $6,000 for a computor inorder to serve our public.My goal would be to raley as many repair shops as possible and bring a class action law suit against N.C. for reimbursment of every machine that had to be purchased for this purpase.I really don't think finding support will be all that hard. Our state only thinks they are bankrupt. Let it loose this case!

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