MassDOT RMV inspectors teamed up with Brockton police today to conduct surprise inspections of 57 vans and station wagons carrying infants and young children to Brockton elementary schools. "Operation Clean Sweep" including 25 Registry inspectors and 15 police officers found 35 violations, including driving without the required 7-D license, an offense that carries a $500 fine. Officers also issued citations for defective equipment such as bald tires and safety violations such as vehicle overloading and not ensuring that children are properly secured in car seats or seat belts.
Registrar Rachel Kaprielian said the joint venture serves as a deterrent to people who would transport children without obeying laws designed to ensure safety. Three previous "Operation Clean Sweep" inspections were conducted in 2009 and 2004.
Drivers of so called 7-D vehicles must undergo a criminal background check to apply for a special license. 7-D vehicles, usually cargo vans and station wagons, must also undergo special inspections twice a year to ensure safety features are working properly. Two drivers in today's operation were cited for the most serious criminal offense-overloading passengers in vehicles equipped with safety restraints for only eight children. Repeat offenders must attend a hearing with RMV officers which could result in the suspension of their 7-D license.
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced
Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board posted on Nov 19
Governor Deval Patrick today appointed Robin Chase to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors. Chase is the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, Buzzcar, a car-sharing marketplace in France and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. …Continue Reading Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board
McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting posted on Nov 18
MassDOT has assembled a working group for the McGrath Boulevard Project including residents, business owners and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the working group is to inform and advise MassDOT on important community issues affecting the development of a design for the McGrath Boulevard …Continue Reading McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting