New bills would scrap vehicle safety inspections

POSTED: 4:39 PM Mar 11 2013   UPDATED: 7:52 PM Mar 08 2013

Drivers might soon be relieved of an annual chore: the vehicle safety inspection. Lawmakers have filed bills in the State House and Senate that would scrap the requirement.

Service centers in North Carolina may currently charge drivers a maximum fee of $30 for a safety and emissions inspection. The shops would send $6.25 per inspection to the state and keeps the balance.

Although the bills call for the annual safety inspection to be eliminated, the emissions inspection requirement would remain. The maximum cost for the emissions inspection would be $16.40, as laid out in the House bill.

That would save drivers about $15 every year.