Proposal could help drivers whose vehicles flunk inspections

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis City Council is considering a one year waiver for cars that failed inspection because of the check engine light.

The motor vehicle inspection process has come under a lot of scrutiny lately. Now, there may be a break on the horizon for those who cannot afford the necessary repairs to pass the test.

Ray Arnold estimates he has been through the car inspection line a total of 15 times.

"We re-built the carburetor, uh, and did minor adjustments and still having problems with the carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons," he said.

But an ordinance read at the city council meeting Friday could help people like Arnold.

They heard the first reading on an ordinance that would offer a one-time financial hardship waiver on vehicles that flunk inspection.

The application is a series of simple questions on no more than one page.

According to the ordinance, the owner and car would have to meet six guidelines including the household income requirements, in order to qualify.

The full city council has yet to discuss the matter and a decision is still a few weeks away.

If the ordinance were to pass, the waiver would require proof of ownership and a type-written estimate from an ASE certified mechanic.

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