Vehicle inspection employee speaks out about losing job Friday - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Vehicle inspection employee speaks out about losing job Friday

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – The City of Memphis will put the brakes on vehicle inspections indefinitely Friday.  The move leaves some 40 employees out of work.

"I said that I'm going get a peddler's license," said inspection employee Donnie Briggs.

We believe Briggs meant to say "panhandler" when she described her plan once she leaves work for the last time.

"I'll be at city hall, be at the main entrance, be down at the garage," said Briggs.

She said she'll be asking for money from the people taking it from her.

"Council or mayor, whoever comes through," said Briggs.

Briggs and others are getting the boot as a result of the council's decision to cease motor vehicle inspections.  It cited the need for county participation in fighting air pollution.

"I've had my vehicle stolen this month, lose my job this month," said Briggs.

Right now, both governments are working on a possible plan to keep federal funding tied to clean air from disappearing.  It likely means inspections will return, eventually.  But, for now, Briggs and others are going home.

"We were promised if we applied for jobs with minimum qualifications we'd have first dibs and most of us didn't get interviews," said Briggs.

Briggs gets partial retirement since she's been with the city for 20 years.  She feels for co-workers who are in a bigger bind.  For them, this part-time pastor will be doing something else.

"Pray a lot," said Briggs.

Starting Monday, The Shelby County Clerk will no longer require Memphians to have an inspection in order to renew their vehicle registration.

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