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City getting out of car inspection business

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Memphis, TN -

Memphis gets out of the car inspection business Friday.

These are some of the last cars to go through the Washington Street inspection station.

"The inspection stations will be closing we will no longer conduct the inspections for city of Memphis motorists," Deputy Director of General Services for the City of Memphis Antonio Adams said.

Starting Monday July 1st, Memphis drivers won't need an inspection when they register their cars with the Shelby County Clerk.

The city council voted to end the emissions testing program last year, saving the city close to $3 million a year.

People lined up for inspections Thursday had mixed feelings about the decision.

"We know how to be responsible for our cars so, you know just keeping our cars safe is the main thing so we know what to do so we don't really need anyone to tell us," one motorist said.

"I hate people are losing their jobs," said another.

Close to 40 people will lose their jobs. 

A city official says some of them will retire others will get a severance package of two weeks pay.

Emissions testing was part of a pollution reduction agreement between the city and the federal government.

Without testing the city and county could face penalties from the EPA that could include cuts to federal highway funding.

The city, Shelby County and the state have been in discussions to continue the program.

"We were willing to run it but we don't pay for it anywhere else so it's not fair for us to pay for it here," Governor Bill Haslam said.

A spokesperson says the State Department of Environmental Conservation is exploring options for continuing the program.

One option is bringing in a vendor to run the program, but the question is who pays for it?

"There are possibilities right now the city and the county are discussing possibilities as far as re implementing inspections. But at this point I really can't tell you many details," Adams said.

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