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Inspections stations to close permanently

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Starting July 1, the Shelby County Clerk will renew vehicle registration without the requirement of motor vehicle inspection. Starting July 1, the Shelby County Clerk will renew vehicle registration without the requirement of motor vehicle inspection.

(WMC-TV) - Vehicle inspections will no longer be a requirement for renewal of vehicle registration after this Friday. The Motor Vehicle Inspections Stations will permanently close Friday, June 28 at 3 p.m.

If a motorists' vehicle registration (tags) expires in June, then the Memphis mayor's office advises them to make sure their vehicle is inspected before June 28, 2013.

Officials said anyone who was supposed to have his or her vehicle checked by the end of June will not be penalized if they fail to follow through by Friday.

Starting July 1, the Shelby County Clerk will renew vehicle registration without the requirement of motor vehicle inspection.

"Right now, the city and county are developing plans for reinstating inspections, but at this point I can't tell you many details," said general services deputy director Antonio Adams.

The city council decided last year to end the inspection program with hopes the county would take over, since both stand to lose federal funding tied to air pollution control.

The state runs inspections in other cities, but Governor Bill Haslam said there is a catch.

"We are willing to run it, but we don't pay for it anywhere else. So, we're not willing to pay for it here," he said.

A fee for motorists may apply when and if inspections return.

Meanwhile, about 40 vehicle inspection workers in Memphis will be out of a job after Friday.

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