When COVID-19 first hit last March, the Massachusetts Register of Motor Vehicles offered extensions to annual inspection stickers. Now the RMV is open again with appropriate safety measures, they want to make sure drivers know they will need to get their inspection sticker renewed as soon as possible.
To date, there are more than 584,000 registered vehicles with an expired Massachusetts’ inspection sticker on their vehicle’s front windshield.
From the official press release:
“Annual motor vehicle inspections are an integral part of helping ensure that vehicles travelling on roadways across the Commonwealth are deemed safe and not releasing dangerous emissions that can be harmful to individuals and the environment,” said Acting Secretary of Transportation and CEO Jamey Tesler. “We are thankful for all of the work and collaborative efforts that are currently underway with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts State Police, local law enforcement, and key businesses partners and stakeholders to remind customers with expired inspection stickers to have their vehicles inspected as soon as possible.”
“The RMV encourages any customer with an expired inspection sticker to make a plan to get their inspection and sticker updated,” said Acting Registrar of Motor Vehicles Colleen Ogilvie. “Resources are readily available to help customers locate a convenient inspection station and guide them through the inspection process, following all safety and social distancing protocols to keep customers and inspection station staff safe.”
It is a traffic violation to drive with an expired sticker. While police have been encouraged to offer warnings before citing, they are urging vehicle owners not to delay in getting their annual inspection if they notice the sticker is overdue.
Remember: You could be on the hook for a fine that may or may not impact your auto insurance. No need to delay! Get that inspection today.