Three North Carolina Counties No Longer Require Vehicle Emissions Testing

Sept. 12, 2022

Beginning Nov. 1, Rockingham, Lee, and Onslow counties will join a group of over 80 other counties that do not require an annual vehicle emissions test. 

Sept. 12, 2022—Three counties in North Carolina have joined over 80 other counties in getting rid of yearly vehicle emissions testing protocols. 

According to Fox 8 WGHP, just 19 out of the 100 counties in North Carolina require this testing. Fox 8 WGHP reported that the counties of Rockingham, Lee, and Onslow have recently announced that they will no longer be required to participate in the state's Motor Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Program beginning Nov. 1. 

A study conducted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on county emissions revealed that removing these three counties from the program, “will not interfere with continued attainment or maintenance of any applicable National Ambient Air Quality Standard," as reported by Fox 8 WGHP. This has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

All counties in North Carolina still have to abide by annual vehicle safety inspection requirements. The counties that have opted out of the emissions testing program will not have to undergo that segment of the inspection. 

About the Author

Ratchet+Wrench Staff Reporters

The Ratchet+Wrench staff reporters have a combined two-plus decades of journalism and mechanical repair experience.

Sponsored Recommendations

Find the right shop management system to boost your efficiency

Find the right shop management system to aid in efficient scheduling, communication and payment processing

Craft a strategic marketing plan

Develop strategies and communicate them to your staff to keep you on track

Establish and track your KPIs: Technician Productivity

WHAT IT IS: Technician productivity refers to the time a technician is available to work measured against the actual time spent working on positive cash flow repair orders. Tracking...

Empower your technicians with the right tools for efficient repairs

Foster a highly motivated and efficient team to get vehicles out the door faster