New Jersey to Limit Vehicle Inspections By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON (AP) â New Jersey will stop inspecting privately owned vehicles for mechanical defects beginning Aug. 1, limiting the inspections to emissions tests, the chief administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission announced on Friday. The official, Raymond P. Martinez, said the state could no longer justify spending millions of dollars on the mechanical inspections. Mr. Martinez said the changes would save the state about $17 million. Vehicles will still be tested for emissions, but not until they are five years old. Previously, both types of inspections were required starting at four years. The state pays a private company to do the inspections and is charged per inspection. Twenty-nine other states do not inspect for mechanical defects like bald tires or worn brakes. âCars are now made cleaner, more efficient, and with less than 6 percent of newer vehicles failing emissions testing, this was a common-sense decision for the M.V.C.,â Mr. Martinez said. School buses, limousines, jitneys, taxis and other vehicles with commercial plates will still be regularly inspected for emissions and mechanical defects. In addition to the more than two million inspections and reinspections the commission conducts each year, 578,000 are done for a fee by more than 1,100 licensed private facilities. One driver interviewed on Friday, Julio Rivera of Paterson, said he was happy not to have to wait in line for the inspections. âMost people take care of their cars anyway,â Mr. Rivera said. If drivers do not maintain their cars, they can still be cited by the police for equipment problems like broken headlights. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/17/nyregion/17auto.html Seems a tad un-safe to me but at least I do not have to wait in those long ass lines anymore.