(Charlotte Observer) In a partial victory for opponents of North Carolina’s state-mandated auto inspections program, owners of new cars and trucks will no longer face emissions tests starting in 2014.
Mirroring a national trend, Gov. Bev Perdue signed a bill this week that exempts vehicles three years old and newer from annual checks intended to fight pollution.
Auto owners still must pass yearly safety tests of tires, headlights, wipers and other parts to renew their auto registration.
But the new law means drivers in 48 counties, including Mecklenburg, won’t have to pay for emissions testing some view as unnecessary. A safety test costs drivers $13.60, with an additional $16.40 for the emissions inspections.
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