NJ may end auto inspections, except for emissions

(AP) - New Jersey may soon stop inspecting privately owned motor vehicles for mechanical defects.

Transportation officials say the move could save the state $12 million annually and partially eliminate a process that's aggravated motorists for years.

Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Raymond Martinez told lawmakers earlier this week that the plan could take effect July 1.

It would make New Jersey the 30th state that doesn't perform mechanical defect inspections.

Martinez said less than 6 percent of vehicles are rejected formechanical problems and that there is no conclusive evidence thateliminating mechanical inspections would lead to more trafficaccidents.

Vehicles would still have to be tested for emissions.

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