Vehicle safety inspection fee likely to go up in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — 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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