MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The State of Tennessee will take over all emissions tests for cars in June after the City of Memphis got out of the business last year. So, that means everybody in Shelby County gets tested and we all get to pay ten bucks for the privilege.
According to Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, "We're going to ask the state to assume their responsibility for this."
Somebody's got to do it. The feds don't like Shelby County's air quality. Nothing personal, they say, but your air - it stinks.
The City of Memphis did the auto inspecting for years, but decided to get out when they discovered they were losing money on it.
You folks who live in the county, it looks like you'll have to get cars inspected as well.
"I can't speak for the state," Luttrell said, "I can tell you in those places where they have had control of it, that's what they have done."
The inspection fees are also going to go up; they'll cost at least $10 a car now.
State officials have between now and June to come up with a plan. It's a done deal - the Shelby County Commissioners have no say in what the state will do.