June 17, 2021

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Mass. vehicle inspections resume at most locations this weekend, RMV says

Vehicle inspections are resuming at most inspection stations in Massachusetts, but some of those stations are still offline. State employees and representatives of a third-party vendor spent the week visiting 1,800 auto shops across Massachusetts, working to restore the network of vehicle inspection systems.Applus is a vendor the state of Massachusetts uses to facilitate vehicle inspections. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vechicles said the company experienced a malware attack in several states on Tuesday, March 30. Since that attack, it has been working to bring computer systems back online. Most inspection stations resumed services in the state resumed services at 7 a.m. Saturday, but according to the RMV, some inspection stations are experiencing what it calls “more complex technological issues.””I feel like I was lied to, betrayed and put at a disadvantage,” said Jacque Sarkis, of Needham Service Center, where the computer system remains down. “I mean, why would I not be doing stickers and the guy down the street is?”In a statement, the RMV says Applus will continue to work to resolve the issues so that inspection services can be restored at every inspection station as soon as possible.According to the registry, motor vehicles with expired inspection stickers from March 2021 — a blue “3” sticker — and April 2021 — a blue “4” sticker — are allowed until May 31 to get a new sticker. Newly purchased vehicles registered on or after March 23, 2021, should be granted until April 30 to obtain an inspection. Newly purchased vehicles must typically be inspected within seven days of registration.Customers who recently had an inspection rejection and are in the 60-day free retest window will be afforded one extra day for each day Applus’ system remains unavailable but should plan to facilitate their inspection as soon as possible once the system is restored and stations are online.The RMV said Applus will be required to compensate inspection station owners for each day that workstations were not operational during defined business hours as well as additional compensations to those stations which are unable to begin conducting inspections on Saturday, April 17.RMV officials said updates on the situation will be posted at mavehiclecheck.com.

Vehicle inspections are resuming at most inspection stations in Massachusetts, but some of those stations are still offline.

State employees and representatives of a third-party vendor spent the week visiting 1,800 auto shops across Massachusetts, working to restore the network of vehicle inspection systems.

Applus is a vendor the state of Massachusetts uses to facilitate vehicle inspections. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vechicles said the company experienced a malware attack in several states on Tuesday, March 30.

Since that attack, it has been working to bring computer systems back online.

Most inspection stations resumed services in the state resumed services at 7 a.m. Saturday, but according to the RMV, some inspection stations are experiencing what it calls “more complex technological issues.”

“I feel like I was lied to, betrayed and put at a disadvantage,” said Jacque Sarkis, of Needham Service Center, where the computer system remains down. “I mean, why would I not be doing stickers and the guy down the street is?”

In a statement, the RMV says Applus will continue to work to resolve the issues so that inspection services can be restored at every inspection station as soon as possible.

According to the registry, motor vehicles with expired inspection stickers from March 2021 — a blue “3” sticker — and April 2021 — a blue “4” sticker — are allowed until May 31 to get a new sticker.

Newly purchased vehicles registered on or after March 23, 2021, should be granted until April 30 to obtain an inspection. Newly purchased vehicles must typically be inspected within seven days of registration.

Customers who recently had an inspection rejection and are in the 60-day free retest window will be afforded one extra day for each day Applus’ system remains unavailable but should plan to facilitate their inspection as soon as possible once the system is restored and stations are online.

The RMV said Applus will be required to compensate inspection station owners for each day that workstations were not operational during defined business hours as well as additional compensations to those stations which are unable to begin conducting inspections on Saturday, April 17.

RMV officials said updates on the situation will be posted at mavehiclecheck.com.