9NEWS NOW has learned that mandatory auto safety inspections will end next fiscal year for DC vehicle owners.
Sources close to the DC Council confirm that when the fiscal budget for next year is marked up this week, legislators will have eliminated the $400,000 needed to run the Safety Inspection program.
Mayor Adrian Fenty had proposed ending the safety inspections. Maryland and many other states do not require them. Virginia requires annual safety inspections.
Federal law requires that all vehicles be given emissions inspections every two years.