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Mulroy to question city emission inspections

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Commission will have a meeting this week to ask county administrators why suburban drivers do not have to pay for auto emissions inspections when the state takes over in July.

Memphis drivers said they should not be the only county residents required to get auto inspections.

"I think that's pretty low," said Holland Hardin, Memphis resident. "If we're going to take it on the chin, it should be spread out.

For decades, Memphis was the sole Shelby County municipality requiring inspections.

The emissions war began earlier this year, when the Memphis City Council voted to no longer fund the tests.

After a series of meetings over the last few weeks, the county administration and the state agreed on a state takeover plan.

"The state can't do it outside Memphis for two years. So during this two-year ramp-up period, only Memphians will be paying the burden," said Shelby County Commission Conservation Committee Chairman Steve Mulroy. "The idea to put the burden just on Memphis is ridiculous."

He put the issue on Wednesday's county commission agenda.

"I wanted to make sure we got the real story as to why it's the case only Memphis gets the auto inspections," said Mulroy.

He said the Commission only has the authority to require inspections in unincorporated Shelby County.

Mulroy plans to ask the state why they cannot set up suburban inspection stations sooner.

For now, Memphians who want to hit the open road must first allow inspectors under their hood.

The state takes over emissions July 1. Unless the plan changes, county residents will not be required to get inspections until 2015.

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