MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian today participated in Operation Guardian Angel XII, a joint RMV/Boston Police inspection enforcement of school pupil vehicles, also known as 7D vehicles, that transport children across the City of Boston.
The RMV is charged with licensing school pupil vehicle operators and oversees the safety inspection of these vehicles twice each year. Spot checks are also conducted throughout the year. The goal of Operation Guardian Angel is to ensure compliance with the 7D program and take action against companies and operators not following the rules and putting children at risk.
“Our law enforcement partners are with us today and everyday in our mission to protect the most vulnerable school children,” said Registrar Kaprielian. “The Registry wants parents and educators to also feel empowered and to be part of this mission; if you see a problem with a school van, we want you to say something.”
The RMV holds 7D companies and operators accountable for violations/non-compliance by revoking vehicle registrations and suspending operator licenses. Companies and operators may be put out of business temporarily or permanently.
During today's Operation Guardian Angel 129 vehicles were checked and a total of 82 violations found.
Common school pupil vehicle violations include:
Improperly registered, improperly insured vehicles
Too many occupants/unbelted occupants
Failure to perform pre-trip inspections
Vehicle equipment problems/missing equipment