VA just turned blue 3 years ago. The rules that everyone is mad about were on the books a good decade before the Democratic party took over.The vast majority of VA is republican, however, the large democratic population of northern VA has now taken control and runs the state. I grew up in a small town near DC and now live in rural VA, about 70 miles SW of DC, but it has become a commuter community.
Unfortunately, all politicians want to control your life. They're more concerned about getting elected than doing the right thing.
I will say that I see fewer rusted out schidtboxes leaving parking lot stains in Northern VA than in other places with lenient inspections. And I'm not saying VA schidtboxes don't exist. But per capita, you don't see too many cars like this...