Review of Mass. RMV Reveals Thousands Of Unprocessed Out-Of-State Violations
A review of Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles operations has revealed deeper problems than previously believed.
The review was launched in the wake of a New Hampshire crash that killed seven people. It shows thousands of unprocessed violation reports from other states, Massachusetts officials said Monday.
Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack https://vimeo.com/345533756/caf7c49cb1" target="_blank">said at a press conference that paper reports mailed by other states had not been processed since at least March 2018, and have instead been piling up in a storage room at the Quincy RMV headquarters.
In response to the thousands of paper notifications discovered last Wednesday, Pollack said RMV employees have been working close to nonstop to identify critical reports and suspend the licenses of individuals with serious violations.
More than 600 licenses have been suspended so far, she said, and the state will also work with a National Driver Registry to perform an "unprecedented" electronic review of all 5.2 million Massachusetts drivers to check for additional violations.
The revelations come after the RMV failed to act on an out-of-state notification, sent both via electronically and by mail, that a driver with a Massachusetts commercial license had been arrested in Connecticut for allegedly failing a sobriety test.
That driver, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, was allegedly behind the wheel of a truck in a crash last month that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.
Erin Deveney, the former registrar of the RMV, resigned last week.
This report was originally published by State House News Service.