TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission will close three emissions inspection stations at the end of the month, and end late hours at the others.

Two of the stations slated to shut down are in South Jersey — in Bridgeton, Cumberland County,  and Delanco, in Burlington County. The third’s in Westfield, Union County.

Commission spokesman Mike Horan said it’s largely because the process takes much less time since the state ended mechanical inspections last August, “Inspection wait times were dramatically reduced by almost up to 50%. We’re getting reports of cars getting in and out within five minutes.”

Also, Horan said, the stations to be closed just don’t get that much traffic.

Horan said the slack will be taken up by other stations nearby, “We’re confident we’ll continue easily to serve the customer base in those areas. We have other stations — at least two — in very short distance to those facilities.”

The primary reason for the closures: to save money. “Our goal is approximately $17 million annually.”

Reported by Molly Daly, KYW Newsradio 1060

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