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(a) Safety. A safety inspection of a motor vehicle consists of an inspection of the following equipment to determine if the vehicle has the equipment required by Part 9 of Article 3 of this Chapter and if the equipment is in a safe operating condition:
(1) Brakes, as required by G.S. 20‑124.
(2) Lights, as required by G.S. 20‑129 or G.S. 20‑129.1.
(3) Horn, as required by G.S. 20‑125(a).
(4) Steering mechanism, as required by G.S. 20‑123.1.
(5) Windows and windshield wipers, as required by G.S. 20‑127. To determine if a vehicle window meets the window tinting restrictions, a safety inspection mechanic must first determine, based on use of an automotive film check card or knowledge of window tinting techniques, if after‑factory tint has been applied to the window. If after‑factory tint has been applied, the mechanic must use a light meter approved by the Commissioner to determine if the window meets the window tinting restrictions.
(6) Directional signals, as required by G.S. 20‑125.1.
(7) Tires, as required by G.S. 20‑122.1.
(8) Mirrors, as required by G.S. 20‑126.
(9) Exhaust system and emissions control devices, as required by G.S. 20‑128. For a vehicle that is subject to an emissions inspection in addition to a safety inspection, a visual inspection of the vehicle's emissions control devices is included in the emissions inspection rather than the safety inspection.
§ 20‑128. Exhaust system and emissions control devices.
(a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway unless such motor vehicle is equipped with a muffler, or other exhaust system of the type installed at the time of manufacture, in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise, annoying smoke and smoke screens.
(b) It shall be unlawful to use a "muffler cut‑out" on any motor vehicle upon a highway.
(c) No motor vehicle registered in this State that was manufactured after model year 1967 shall be operated in this State unless it is equipped with emissions control devices that were installed on the vehicle at the time the vehicle was manufactured and these devices are properly connected.
(d) The requirements of subsection (c) of this section shall not apply if the emissions control devices have been removed for the purpose of converting the motor vehicle to operate on natural or liquefied petroleum gas or other modifications have been made in order to reduce air pollution and these modifications are approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (1937, c. 407, s. 91; 1971, c. 455, s. 1; 1983, c. 132; 1989, c. 727, s. 9; 1997‑443, s. 11A.119(a); 2000‑134, s. 6.)
Number 9 of the safety inspection requirements states a muffler is required by GS 20-128. (a) under 20-128 you must have a muffler if the vehicle was manufactured with a muffler.
Im not trying to argue with anyone simple want to educate. I too have been running strait piped for many years. Inspection stations are supposed to check to make sure you have a muffler under "safety inspection requirements", some dont but some will fail you for having strait pipes. If you know someone who will inspect it strait piped do so, most of us do. However understand you can get a ticket for it and that ticket costs $237.
You can google search these laws by entering ncgs 20-183.3 and ncgs 20-128. NCGS stands for North Carolina General Statutes.
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