Thursday, June 27, 2013

No More Auto Inspections for Memphis

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM

The city of Memphis sent out an announcement Thursday stating that all Motor Vehicle Inspection stations will close Friday, June 28th.

I'm not sure whether to be happy or sad about this. We know this decision could mean more unsafe cars on our streets. And it might mean more air pollution. On the other hand, the great majority of vehicles built since 2000 don't pollute as much as older vehicles. Cops will pull you over if one of your lights is out, and the inspection process may have kept some folks from getting plates who now will get them. I'm more worried about bad brakes on the street than anything else. You're on your own for wiper blades.

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The announcement added that if your vehicle tags expire in June, you are expected to get your car inspected before the stations close forever on Friday. Yeah, that will happen. I bet the "lines" at the inspection station have been nonexistent for weeks, in anticipation of the closings.

In other news, my vehicle's plates expire in July, which means I might just delay fixing that 7-inch windshield crack on my XTerra a little longer.

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