Vehicle safety inspection fee likely to go up in Virginia


DULLES, VA – JULY 2: Cpl. Tom Arroyo of Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police Department stops a tour bus at a check-point for inspection as he and his Special Operation Team look out for any suspicious vehicles at Dulles International Airport July 2, 2007 in Dulles, Virginia. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said airports in […]

Virginia drivers are likely to pay more for vehicle safety inspections.

The General Assembly has given preliminary approval to legislation that will raise the price of a yearly car inspection from $16 to $20.

The House and Senate have both approved slightly different versions of the legislation with bipartisan support.

Advocates said the fee hasn’t gone up for more than a decade and the increase will help make sure mechanics are fairly compensated.

Opponents of the measure said the current fee is fair and a 25 percent increase is too much.

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