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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 7W: Licensing of safety and emissions inspection facilities and technicians; rules and regulations; penalties; computerized communication system

Section 7W. No person or facility shall conduct inspections of motor vehicles pursuant to section 7A of this chapter or section 142J or 142M of chapter 111 unless such person is licensed by the registrar.

The registrar, in consultation with the commissioner of environmental protection, shall establish rules and regulations for the licensing and operating requirements of all stations or facilities that conduct inspections pursuant to said section 7A or said section 142J or 142M.

The registrar shall, upon request, issue a vehicle inspection station license for the inspection of motor vehicles pursuant to section 7A to a person holding a Class 1 license pursuant to section 58 of chapter 140 if that licensee has invested not less than $2,500,000 into the construction of a dealership and service facility or into the reconstruction or rehabilitation of an existing dealership and service facility; provided, however, that the licensee shall be properly equipped to conduct such inspections under the relevant rules and regulations; and provided further, that the licensee shall provide evidence of its investment in a form and format approved by the registrar.

The registrar, upon granting the opportunity for a hearing, may revoke or suspend any license or certification issued under this section or place conditions or limitations on such license for a violation of any rule or regulation promulgated hereunder.

A person who is convicted of a violation of any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or both such fine and imprisonment.

Notwithstanding the provision of section 30A, the registrar may allow access or inquiry into computer data files under the control of said registrar in order to facilitate the establishment of a computerized communication system between the registry, the department of environmental protection, inspection facilities and any other person or entity in order to enforce compliance with any inspection or enforcement requirements of this chapter or chapter 111 or any other law or rule or regulation related thereto.