NC Legislative Update

18 emissions counties to be reduced to one.  When?

Only one NC county out of the current 18 will ‘eventually’ maintain emissions inspections.  The EPA (federal) will receive the NC Dept. of Environmental Air Quality’s report which is already passing the air standards test.  This has been included in the states budget.  The question for those 18 counties is; ‘when will this take place’?  History tells us this will probably take about 1.5 – 2 years. 

Inspection Stations doing emissions:  Have you converted to VPN?

Many emission stations have already made the change to the DMV’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) made available in 2022.  Coming January 1st 2024 all newly licensed stations doing emission/safety inspections with be required to have/use VPN inspection analyzers.

Safety Only, or those converting to safety only:

Those stations will be required to use the Web Safety Application.  Dial-Up will be discontinued June 30th of 2024 and no further support will continue.

Stations interested in knowing more about converting to the VPN system should contact their analyzer machine company reps. 

Safety only should contact the DMV at 877-421-0020

The ASTA was persistent in lobbying to maintain the annual inspection program that was proposed by Sen. Jarvis (Davidson, Davie) to be changed to every-other year.  We lobbied against this proposal with significant reasoning and it did not advance.  The safety inspection program is a slippery slope and should be closely monitored going forward. 

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GTCC Aims to Address Automotive Technician Shortage

GTCC Aims to Address Automotive Technician Shortage

GREENSBORO, N.C. — There is a nationwide shortage of automotive technicians, which is causing repair times to be longer.

What You Need To Know
The number of graduates completing programs in the automotive sector has dropped 20% since 2020
Most people working in the automotive industry are over the age of 55
Derek Morehead is a first-year student at Guilford Technical Community College
Derek Morehead’s high school automotive class helped determine his future in the automotive industry. He says he took it for fun then shortly fell in love with it.

But these automotive classes aren’t widely available.

“There’s not as many automotive programs and high schools as there used to be. However, from what I’m seeing and hearing is that’s going to make a comeback not only in the automotive sector, but also other aspects of career and technical education like carpentry, electronics and things like that, which is fantastic,” said Guilford Technical Community College Department Chair Jeff Faircloth.

The number of graduates completing programs in the automotive sector has dropped 20% since 2020, according to TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit that guides students into careers as professional technicians.

Now, a first-year student at Guilford Tech, Morehead gets to turn his passion into a career.

“Being able to see what I’m learning actually does matter when I go to work,”
Morehead said. “It definitely makes me more engaged in class acts and more questions.”

Working part-time at Mercedes helps him apply what he’s learned in class.

“It’s nice having to go to school and work at the same time. So like whenever I’m at work, if I don’t understand something, I always can come here and like get a deeper explanation of it than what I could get at work,” Morehead said.

Faircloth added the goal of the automotive program at GTCC is to get students jobs in the industry and help the local economy, as well as help the students be successful.

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