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Shelby County may join Memphis in vehicle inspection line

A view of the line at the White Station vehicle inspection site on Thursday afternoon. A view of the line at the White Station vehicle inspection site on Thursday afternoon.

The feds are calling for cleaner air, or Shelby County drivers will be forced to get in line for motor vehicle inspections.

Right now, only drivers who live in the city of Memphis are required to get inspections, which are designed to keep air pollution down.  But Shelby County drivers may soon join Memphians in line, after the federal government recently lowered the area's emissions rating.

Thursday, some Shelby County drivers said mandatory car inspections would drive them out of town.

"We don't have any children at home," motorist Richard Bradley said.  "We'll leave."

Bradley called the proposal unfair.

"What about the people in Mississippi who come here and work?" he asked. "What about Arkansans who come here and work?"

Robert Rogers of the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department said there could be a way for county residents to turn things around.

"It's possible that we can get clean enough air if all the residents in this area start helping with what you need to do," he said.

Among other things, Rogers suggests carpooling, and only mowing your lawn when the sun is low.  Rogers said as little as five bad pollution days in 2007 were enough to drop the area's emissions rating.

Some motorists maintain that inspections in Memphis are easy compared to other cities.

"It's a very simple inspection they do here compared to what they do in other areas that have a really big problem," motorist Denise Watts said. "So, it's a very simple inspection.  I think everybody should do their part."

The Health Department has until next March to present its plan, which either expand auto inspections to Shelby County, or if smog levels drop, let county drivers off the hook.


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