|May 14, 2017|
On a private commuter group that I am on, there has been reports that commuters have gotten tickets on their cars.
Did you know that MBTA Parking Police can write you a ticket for an expired inspection sticker?
According to the list of ticketable offenses, the MBTA police can also write up a ticket for not renewing your car inspection. Its a $50 fine!
Note: If a Boston Police Office was to ticket you for the same offense, it would only be a $40 fine. Not exactly sure why it would be more in the MBTA Parking Lot.
What's worst is that it counts as a point towards your insurance.
In Massachusetts, if you get a ticket for an expired vehicle inspection sticker it is the equivalent of a moving violation.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Insurance, surcharge points are incurred if you:
An expired inspection sticker is considered "paying a fine for a traffic law violation."
A $50 ticket results increased insurance costs for 6 years! If you have a perfect driving record, that can amount to about a 20% increase (!!) the first three years. The premium will go down for the following three years.
Are more people forgetting to renew their car inspections?
Massachusetts is facing a revenue shortfall in 2017 and there is speculation that the police have increased fine enforcement. The fiscal year ends next month.
Members of the private commuter group are speculating that a memo was sent to the MBTA Parking enforcement team to check for inspection stickers to help make up for lost revenue.
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