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January 14, 2014

Letter: RMV sticker laws not enforced

To the editor:

It is an annual requirement that every registered Massachusetts vehicle be inspected. A vehicle must pass two categories, safety and emissions. Failure to meet state standards results in rejection. RMV regulations state in reference to safety failures that any type of vehicle must receive a (RED-R) sticker and have these repairs done immediately. Having been a mechanic, this category is extremely important. Failures relating to excessively worn front-end parts or broken lights create an unsafe vehicle.

Any type of vehicle that fails to comply with state emission standards receives an (R) sticker, and the owner is given 60 days to repair the problem. The exact wording of the RMV laws is as follows: “Any vehicle with safety related failures must be addressed immediately. You may be issued a citation by police, which could lead to insurance surcharges.” This part of RMV regulations I don’t understand. It is technically illegal to operate your vehicle until these repairs are completed. Over the years, I have seen many sticker violations, safety and emission violators still operating, and outdated stickers with 2012-2013 dates.

It is time the RMV starts enforcing its laws regarding stickers. My suggestion: Redesign the Safety sticker to include a red diagonal stripe similar to the “No Smoking” logo. Design the 60-day emission sticker with an expiration date, preventing vehicles from causing further damage to the environment. When a vehicle owner allows their insurance policy to expire, they receive a notice, “Turn in your plates.” The thousands of drivers who continue to operate unsafe vehicles should receive the same notice.

It is my belief the RMV must address this serious, ongoing problem for the safety of the driving public and the quality of air that we all breathe.

Nicholas J. Daley

Salem

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