MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Memphis motorists know the pain that little "check engine" light can cause, and now there may be some relief on the way.
Consider Stave Zabloudil to be among those who can't wait. He sat in his truck outside the White Station Motor Vehicle Inspection Bureau.
"This will be my fourth time trying to get it pass, do some work to it, bring it back, do some work, bring it back," Zabloudil said. "Tags run out today, I got to do something." He later failed in his fourth attempt to pass inspection.
Since the federal requirement went into effect in February, there have been stories of people spending hundreds, if not more, trying to get that pesky light off.
"This is hurting a lot of people financially in a difficult time and the people that are being effected most adversely are the least likely to be able to afford it," said U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis).
Memphis city officials are now considering a hardship waiver.
Under the proposal, a motorist could present an estimate from a reputable mechanic stating repairs related to the "check engine" light was more than $650. The motorist could then file for a waiver based on their income. The motorist would not have to pay for the repairs if they qualify for the waiver.
The Memphis City Council is set to consider this proposal in mid-May.
"You fix something you come back through and it is not right, you fix something you come through it is not right," said Zabloudil, as he prepared to drive off in search of a solution.