The Commercial Appeal
Let’s talk trumps
Newly annexed resident Angie Lewis picked the very last day of the Memphis Motor Vehicle Inspection Bureau’s existence to undergo her very first auto inspection.
“Oh, this is the last day?” she asked after her 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser passed inspection.
A resident of the portion of South Cordova annexed by Memphis in 2012, Lewis, 55, was among just a trickle of motorists who stopped by the Downtown-area inspection station on Washington on Friday. All four of the city’s inspection stations had light traffic, the bureau’s webcams showed, in contrast to the long lines of vehicles usually seen at the end of a month as residents rush to meet registration deadlines.
The light turnout reflected the fact that stations were permanently closing at 3 p.m. Friday, a consequence of a City Council decision last year to halt funding for the inspection program at the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year. Come Monday, Memphis motorists will no longer need inspections, including emissions testing, to register their vehicles. Shelby County residents living outside the city never have needed it.
In deciding to drop the program, council members said it was unfair that only