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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.

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