On March 10, 2015, North Carolina State Senator Shirley Randleman (R-30) introduced Senate Bill 200. This legislation would repeal North Carolina’s requirement for an annual automotive safety inspection and make changes to emissions inspections. Senate Bill 200 is the latest in a series of bills to eliminate the safety inspection program.
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) opposes S.B. 200 and asks North Carolina automotive repairers to go to ASA’s legislative website, www.TakingtheHill.com to send a letter to their legislators in opposition to the bill.
Just days before Randleman introduced S.B. 200, Rep. Dean Hager (R-112) introduced House Bill 169, a bill to limit counties in which motor vehicle emissions inspections are required. If implemented, this bill would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, exempting the counties of Burke, Haywood, Rutherford, Surry and Wilkes.
Both S. B. 200 and H. B. 169 remain in committee.