Memphis relaxing inspection tests for vehicles

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The city of Memphis is relaxing its requirements for motor vehicle inspections.

Under a new protocol, vehicles failing an on-board diagnostic test will then be given a tailpipe test, which, if passed, means the vehicle passes inspection.

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said the city consulted with state officials and determined that the city had some latitude in administering the tests. He said the testing has been confusing, frustrating and costly for citizens.

A news release from the city Monday said the on-board diagnostic is the standard vehicle emissions test statewide.


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