On October 31, 2011, State Senator Stan Bingham announced he is seeking to implement a state exemption of new cars and trucks from auto inspections. His main justification for the mandate: parts and systems of newer vehicles do not fail as often as older cars. In other words, Senator Bingham seems to suggest that auto inspections are more of a waste of time than a preventive safety measure.
The statement was a response to reports issued by The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer, which claim that many auto repair facilities have corrupted the N.C. inspection system by often passing unsafe vehicles and / or charging customers for unnecessary repairs. The articles also noted that many states around the nation have begun exempting newer vehicles from inspections.