New Jersey’s motor vehicle chief says the state will stop inspecting privately owned motor vehicles for mechanical defects beginning Aug. 1. Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Raymond Martinez, who was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie this past February, said Friday that vehicles will still be tested for emissions, but not until they’re five years old.
Martinez said the changes will save the state about $17 million a year.
New Jersey will become the 30th state that doesn’t inspect for mechanical defects.
Martinez said the MVC will continue a public education campaign to encourage motorists to take proper care of their cars and trucks. Police can still cite motorists for equipment problems such as broken headlights or tail lights.
According to the Commission, “the Motor Vehicle Security and Customer Service Act was created to replace the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in New Jersey with a new and improved Motor Vehicle Commission.”