Vehicles Failing Inspection In NC Triples In 2011

A report from the Division of Motor Vehicles has found that the number of vehicles filing safety inspections in North Carolina tripled last year.

DMV Commissioner Mike Robertson told The Charlotte Observer that he thinks the increase happened because his agency began cracking down on garages that pass vehicles shortly after they fail at another shop.

About 1.2 million vehicles failed inspection in 2011. That's about 15 percent of the vehicles registered with the state. The DMV reported about 400,000 failed inspections in 2010.

The DMV says the most common reasons for failing inspection are faulty windshield wipers, stoplights, license plate lights and tires.

A spokesman for Gov. Beverly Perdue says she will review the report amid suggestions that state should abolish inspections or limit them to older vehicles.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    The state only "makes" $6.25 for an emissions inspection. There is a break down on the receipt at the bottom if youu look at it. $23.75 goes to the station so it is the stations getting rich off of a good program. And smoking vehicles...people we stopped doing tailpipe tests years ago, long before the stickers stop being put on the windshield.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    Most states only require you to do inspections every 2 years for cars that are under 10 years old. NC using this as a way to make money.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM
    I understand that you need to have yearly inspections for safety measures, but this emissions inspection is a corrupt way to put more dollars in the pockets of these politicians up in the legislature.
  • by no one at the helm Location: Jacksonville NC on Mar 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    Local cabbies run around in unsafe vehicles with fresh state inspections here. The system is useless when it is broke.
  • by Southern born Location: Eastern N.C on Mar 11, 2012 at 02:02 PM
    My wife's sister told me 10 years ago.either drive new make payments or drive old and make repairs.It took several years to learn the lesson.I had an 07 Malibu Lt loaded with everything but a sun roof.at 50,000 miles replaced rear wheel hub assembly,next at 75,000 the front wheel bearings,two day's later the battery.next day the Government motors vehicle got traded for a 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5s.It's made in Canton Mississippi in a 950 million dollar plant that employee's over 4000 people.former G.M customer for over 45 years.buy new make the payments you won't regret it.
  • by Pete Location: Grifton on Mar 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    I have got behind some vehicles that looked like they were spraying for mosquito's but evidently they passed inspection.windshields busted halfway accross the car and on the driver side too!plugging right along.let the service engine light come on and you better grap $300 then head for the shop then repeate yearly.
  • by ALPHA Location: LENOIR on Mar 11, 2012 at 09:46 AM
    Its the ECONOMY stupid. People are putting off basic maintenance along with haircuts and other costs. With an underemployment rate of 20 plus percent, an unemployment rate hovering around 9% it is no wonder that the tires, brakes and wipers aren't getting a little thin. Give us a break. With fewer people able to afford to drive thanks to the gas tax increase along with $4.00 gas, who cares if people shop mechanics when it comes to getting repairs done on their cars? Or get a second opinion? The program is working.
  • by insane on Mar 11, 2012 at 08:50 AM
    This is a worthless program designed to just make the State and dealerships richer. Get your hand out of my pocket NC, its almost bare. and now you want to put tolls on 95 too. What does NC do with all this money??
  • by it keeps us safe on Mar 11, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    This is a safety net to keep us all safe on the road to make sure that unsafe vehicles are either fixed or parked. Clearly there is a huge need for this to continue. I do not want people killed by someone else's cheapness in getting their car or truck road worthy. Is it perfect? No, but it is a check in the right direction.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM in reply to it keeps us safe
      your point is mute because only newer vehicles are required to be inspected. Logic would say inspect the older vehicles, the ones with hundreds of thousands of miles on them. There is absolutely NO REASON to inspect cars less than 5 years old. A bald tire is about the only thing dangerous on a newer car... that would be caught in a NC inspection.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM in reply to
        Moot, not mute.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 04:50 AM in reply to
          oh thank you miss english teacher, now please comment on my lack of capitalization. Did I spell that one right ? idiot.
  • by anon on Mar 11, 2012 at 07:01 AM
    It amazes me that when you label something a safety hazard how many people jump on the band wagon and follow the piper off the cliff. Take the cel-phone while driving debate. Cel-phones did not create the problem of distracted driving, but everyone wants to ban it. What happens next? This is a money racket and should be repealed.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM in reply to anon
      I agree ! Nothing but more revenue to the state.
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