RMV and BPD Operation Targets School Transport Vans
Surprise Crackdown Finds Widespread Safety Violations
(Boston, MA) - Registry of Motor Vehicle inspectors and Boston Police officers uncovered a disturbing number of safety violations today following a surprise crackdown on 191 school transport vehicles carrying infants and toddlers to Boston day care centers.
Teams of officers set up ten safety checkpoints throughout the city as part of a joint investigation dubbed "Operation Guardian Angel." Inspectors cited the drivers for 206 violations that included driving without the required 7-D license, equipment defects such as bald tires and not properly securing children in car seats or seat belts.
Newly installed Registrar Rachel Kaprielian who took part in the sting-operation said it was heartbreaking to find some children being put at risk. "The RMV has many responsibilities, but none more important than keeping the most vulnerable population safe. We need to assure parents that their children are riding in safe vehicles with properly trained drivers. But parents can help by being vigilant and asking tough questions."
This is the tenth time since 2002 the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Boston Police Department have teamed up to run the safety checkpoints. Inspectors checked an average of 120 vehicles during previous operations and wrote scores of violations each time.
Drivers of the 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. Twenty-two drivers in the latest operation were cited for not holding a 7-D license while missing fire extinguishers and other equipment defects with the vehicles collected 73 violations.