Mulroy to question city emission inspections - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mulroy to question city emission inspections

Posted: Updated:
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Commission will have a meeting this week to ask county administrators why suburban drivers do not have to pay for auto emissions inspections when the state takes over in July.

Memphis drivers said they should not be the only county residents required to get auto inspections.

"I think that's pretty low," said Holland Hardin, Memphis resident. "If we're going to take it on the chin, it should be spread out.

For decades, Memphis was the sole Shelby County municipality requiring inspections.

The emissions war began earlier this year, when the Memphis City Council voted to no longer fund the tests.

After a series of meetings over the last few weeks, the county administration and the state agreed on a state takeover plan.

"The state can't do it outside Memphis for two years. So during this two-year ramp-up period, only Memphians will be paying the burden," said Shelby County Commission Conservation Committee Chairman Steve Mulroy. "The idea to put the burden just on Memphis is ridiculous."

He put the issue on Wednesday's county commission agenda.

"I wanted to make sure we got the real story as to why it's the case only Memphis gets the auto inspections," said Mulroy.

He said the Commission only has the authority to require inspections in unincorporated Shelby County.

Mulroy plans to ask the state why they cannot set up suburban inspection stations sooner.

For now, Memphians who want to hit the open road must first allow inspectors under their hood.

The state takes over emissions July 1. Unless the plan changes, county residents will not be required to get inspections until 2015.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Locked and Loaded: Police find gun in woman's vagina

    Locked and Loaded: Police find gun in woman's vagina

    Dallas Archer, 19, was arrested Monday in Kingsport for driving on a suspended license. When officers searched Archer before booking her into jail, they made the discovery.More >>
    Dallas Archer, 19, was arrested Monday in Kingsport for driving on a suspended license. When officers searched Archer before booking her into jail, they made the discovery.More >>
  • breaking

    AMBER ALERT: Georgia officials believe suspects in Lenox area

    AMBER ALERT issued for missing Columbus toddler

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:42:24 GMT
    According to WTVA, an Amber Alert has been issued for a missing Lowndes County toddler. Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley says they are searching for 2-year-old Malia Harris of Columbus. OfficialsMore >>
    Georgia officials believe suspects in the Mississippi Amber Alert case may be in southwest Georgia. Cook County, GA investigators have been actively searching the Lenox area for the suspects. Officials confirmed a heavy presence of law enforcement in that area Wednesday night.More >>
  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:42:32 GMT
    Thomas Allen WinstonThomas Allen Winston
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Powered by WorldNow