New Jersey drivers face first week without safety inspections

    Motor vehicle inspections in New Jersey are now for emissions only. Inspections for mechanical problems such as brakes and tire wear have been eliminated starting this week. Motorists have mixed reactions to the change.

    Drivers lined up at the state run inspection station in Lawrenceville say they’re pleased they don’t have much of a wait because it takes less time for the inspections now.  Keith Pecor from Ewing says changing to emissions-only checkups is a good decision.

    “It seems like the air quality is the main thing,” he says. “I don’t know that checking to make sure the turn signals or the wheels are aligned is actually going to prevent any accidents.”

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    But, Princeton resident Carol Rothberg has some concerns about eliminating the mechanical inspections.

    “I don’t know is it going to be safe?” she asks.  “It seems like we should be doing all the stuff if we’re going to be doing it at all.”

    Motor Vehicle Commission officials say the new system will save the state about $17 million a year.

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