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Perdue wants review of NC vehicle inspections

Posted November 3, 2011

— Gov. Beverly Perdue has ordered a review of North Carolina's vehicle inspection program.

Perdue told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/s3Ghjl) the state should consider exempting newer cars and trucks from the program because those vehicles are still under warranty.

A review by the newspaper and The News & Observer of Raleigh found many garages that inspect vehicles pass unsafe cars or do unnecessary repairs.

Davidson County Sen. Stan Bingham says he would support a plan to exclude vehicles no more than four years old from inspection requirements.

Perdue says she wants the Division of Motor Vehicles to conduct a detailed review of the program that the agency oversees.

North Carolina requires most vehicles to have brakes, windshield wipers and other parts checked. South Carolina dropped a similar program years ago.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com


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  • Here2tellya Nov 4, 2011

    sometimes inspections can be helpful....like if you dont pay attention to your car and let the maintenance go, you may not be aware that your tires are worn and unsafe. However, I think it should only be required every 2 years, not annually. Cars under 2 years old should be exempt. Just sayin.

  • Bob3425 Nov 4, 2011

    pass safety, but still put out a smoke screen. smoking isn't a safety issue. What about the boom boxes that not a safety issue?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 4, 2011

    Everybody knows which garages will pass any vehicle.

    With most of them, a $100 bill does wonders.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 4, 2011

    They should do away with vehicle inspection.

    It is and always has been a way for the state to subsidize garages in North Carolina.

  • mmtlash Nov 3, 2011

    they need to just do away with the system and let the vehicle owner take responsibility...really it's just a way for shops, and to a smaller extent the govt to make money....as long as there is money to be made we will have inspections in this state

  • buddysmith1015 Nov 3, 2011

    how about letting the vehicle owner be responsible for maintaing his or her vehicle for safe use? 30 dollars now for an inspection. I would be interested in knowing if accident rates went up or down in SC when they passed the law to abolish inspections???

  • jimthorne73 Nov 3, 2011

    SC found that inspections did not make cars on the road any safe. Good ole boy system can get around inspections.