Senate Bill 341 proposes to reduce most car inspections to every other year rather than annually and eliminate emission tests in all counties but Mecklenburg.
A U.S. grand jury has charged Martin Winterkorn, VW's former CEO and five other ex-executives on felony charges of conspiracy. In 2015, VW admitted installing cheat devices in its diesel vehicles.
The Justice Department also announced the indictments of six VW executives. Volkswagen has admitted equipping diesel vehicles with software to cheat emissions tests and then lying to regulators.
Volkswagen agreed this summer to pay up to $10 billion to U.S. car owners and nearly $5 billion in environmental reparations for selling cars that cheated on emissions tests. The deal is now approved.
The company says vehicle owners who apply to receive a $500 prepaid Visa card, a $500 dealership card and three years of free roadside assistance won't give up their right to sue.
The U.S. government says the German automaker's software allowed 10,000 more diesel cars than it had acknowledged earlier to run more cleanly during emissions testing than in real-world conditions.