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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty buries what has to be the lede in his 2010 budget proposal: “DMV…will no longer require safety inspections for most passenger vehicles.”

Whoa!

More to come, obvi.

UPDATE, 10:35 A.M.: So not quite as sexy as you think. Drivers will still need to head down to the inspection station for federally mandated emissions testing, but safety testing will end for all passenger cars save for taxis. Budget Director Will Singer estimates the savings at $400,000.