Change of Inspection for NJ Vehicles

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    A mechanic does an oil change.

    Garden State inspection rules are about to change

    Come August 1st, New Jersey will be the 30th state in the country to stop inspecting privately owned motor vehicles for mechanical defects.

    Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Raymond Martinez said Friday that vehicles will still be tested for emissions, but not until they're five years old.
     
    But police can still cite motorists for equipment problems such as broken headlights or tail lights.
     
    Martinez said the changes would save the state about $17 million a year.
     
    The Motor Vehicle Commission will continue a public education campaign to encourage motorists to take proper care of their cars and trucks, despite the change of rules.