In other words, one of my cars flunked the other day for a loose emergency brake. But I have a solution.
Mayor A C Wharton should stand in the inspection station garage door, call the media, and demand an end to federal car inspection tyranny.
The mayor is perfect for this job. He is cool and rational and not a wild-eyed radical in any way. But he is also canny enough to skirt this annoying process, at least in the past, by having an employee take his car through inspection for him. He feels our pain, sort of.
The dapper Wharton barring the door, ala Governor George Wallace at 'Bama half a century ago, would get national attention. "The tyranny of nonattainment of EPA standards shall not stand," he could say. "Memphis must be free, like its neighbors in DeSoto County and the Shelby County suburbs."
Declare a month of motor vehicle civil disobedience. Then invite federal marshals or EPA police to drag him away.
There is obviously no rational solution to this problem, such as targeting smoking exhaust pipes and eliminating reinspections for non-polluting "violations."
We've burned enough gasoline and time and talk on this lunacy. Get on it, mayor. Memphis will love you for it.