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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Division today issued a two-year contract extension beginning in October 2013 for the enhanced vehicle emissions testing and safety inspection program, the Massachusetts Vehicle Check Program.

Parsons Commercial Technology Group Inc. will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of Massachusetts Vehicle Check for MassDEP and MassDOT/RMV, supporting a statewide network of more than 1,900 inspection stations and 300 registered emissions repair shops.  Parsons will also continue operating 12 conveniently located Motorist Assistance Centers to provide advice to motorists, technical assistance to repair technicians, help with getting vehicles “ready” for testing after emissions repairs, vehicle evaluations for repair waivers and economic hardship extensions, and vehicle testing quality assurance.

“Customer service is number one at the Registry,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian. “In this case, customers will benefit from the extension of the Massachusetts Vehicle Check Program because it allows vehicle owners the continued convenience of taking their vehicles to familiar neighborhood inspection stations.”

Passenger cars, trucks and SUVs 15 years old and newer, as well as model year 2008 and newer medium-duty vehicles, will continue to undergo annual on-board diagnostic (OBD) emissions testing.  Diesel-powered vehicles over 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating not equipped with OBD systems will continue to undergo annual opacity emissions testing. All motorized vehicles – including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and trailers, and motorcycles – will continue to undergo annual safety inspections.

Visit the Massachusetts Vehicle Check web site to learn more.

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