As part of a master plan to consolidate law enforcement in Massachusetts, the Registry's Law Enforcement Section
merged with three other agencies; Massachusetts State Police, Capital Police and MDC Police on July 1,1992 making a new Department of State Police Force of over 2400
Our expertise was Motor Vehicle Law and Accident Investigation.
We were called on by many police departments across the state to assist with enforcement and accident investigations.
Motor Vehicle Law was our specialty.
April 1907 signified a new course of action for the Massachusetts Highway Commission.
In the interest of safety, the first two examiners, Fred Austin and Chauncy Hubbell
were hired to test all applicants requesting a chauffeur's license. Austin tested in Boston and surrounding communities, while Hubbell conducted exams in other locations in the state
travelling to distant points by train and staying over night when necessary
in order to conduct these exams.
In 1908, Colonel Foote and Paul Weinert were appointed as investigators of "fatal accidents"
In 1912, the first civil service examination was given for the position of examiner and
for the first time, a badge was issued to the examiner to identify his position.
The badge had a silver background with the word "Inspector" across the top as seen to the left.
Throughout this site, the history, pictures and various information attributed to the Registry Inspector is displayed, so that those who served will not forget, or what they did will not be forgotten.
Frank McCone talks briefly about the
history of the inspector beginning in the 1940's
Since 1907 up and until 1992, Inspectors served the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Registry of Motor Vehicles with pride and distinction. Attempts to eliminate Registry Inspectors using statements such as it would "eliminate duplication and
result in overall cost savings and improve law enforcement " resulted in the
merging of four law enforcement organizations !
We continue to see the Registry attempting to recreate the position of "inspector".
While it is flattering, will it once again be a duplication of law enforcement ?
The last change accomplished in 2007 removed
law enforcement from school bus inspections !
While changes continue to be made at the Registry, the loss of the knowledge
base on motor vehicle laws and regulations remains a constant problem.
As of July 10, 2008 children must be in a booster seat until the age of 8 yrs, unless they are 4 ft 9 in first !
To listen to Frank wait until the music stops !
LISTEN TO HIS
COMPLETE AND BRIEF HISTORY BEFORE OPENING ANY PICTURES
Each page plays with music and may restart after clicking on and off pictures
October 1, 2008 commercial vehicles, trailers, and converter dollies will be subject to enhanced
MA CMV Inspection !
With change comes change.The years of study and experience by these Inspectors on motor vehicle laws and regulations, and what they brought to RMV continues to disappear with each passing day.
We continue to see uniformed Registry "Safety Inspectors" appear on
television news segments doing what we as Inspectors did best , but wearing
uniform coveralls and windbreakers. Many of us can remember how we had difficulty in getting these items !
In 2008, we see another story regarding the Registry of Motor Vehicles telephone call wait times. Maybe some day someone will get it, that adequate staffing will do the job. But then again, they did not
believe us when we said it !
It is apparent that the state still did not get it, that it cannot afford
to lose any more knowledgeable people, and still continue
to operate effectively sadly no more inspectors are left at the RMV !
Retired and Former Inspectors part of a proud
law enforcement organization are left only with memories of the good and the bad,