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Division found no proof inspections improve road safety, and no increase in accidents after South Carolina and Nebraska repealed their inspection laws.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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