Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Inspectors Association(MMVIA)
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RMV in South Boston
during the Busing Motorcades.
We stopped them !
A Long Time Ago
Do you know any of them?
This picture is of Inspectors
marching a South Boston Parade
Remember that the Registry Police
"WERE THE BEST"
at Fenway Park
on the prowl
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This parking lot
is now part of
The beginning of
the MERGE ?????
of Tom McGillvray
RMV Meeting--Burlington MA
Do you remember studying these motor vehicle and accident investigation text ?
on the job
Tom on enforcement
with Boston Police
Law Enforcement Memorial
This site was started
by these two
Weights and Dimension Truck Team
Joe Leblanc, Dave Pierce
James Tzitzon and Kevin Gile
Fatal Team Inspector with Van
IM Team in a
The Registry Inspectors history is traced back to June, 1892 to the
Massachusetts Highway Commission, and their enforcement powers back to the first legislation on April 27, 1902, concerning the proper control of a motor vehicle when approaching any vehicle driven by a horse.
Needham, MA Registry Law Enforcement Meeting
Another Fatal Team Inspector and Van
when enacted this
federal law required all to be tested for the
new federal license. Pictured here are inspectors testing
in preparation for the task
In this picture is one of the last Inspectors hired
These guys are up to something !
A plan to consolidate police agenices was first conceived in the 1970's and finally enacted on in 1991 and completed in 1992.
In the interest of safety, the first two examiners hired in April of 1907, were Fred Austin and Chauncey Hubbell and the last examiners hired graduated from the academy in 1989.
As of 2007 there are still Former Inspectors continuing their law enforcement careers within the Department of State Police.
The first uniform was green in color
to be the updated and
The first badge appears on the home page of this site
Inspectors William Furey and
Various department ID pictures are displayed - more will be added as time goes on
Inspectors Plate issued to Inspectors at the time of the Merge
The first state license to operate was issued in July 1903. There were two classifications, one an ordinary license and the other a professional chauffeur's. No testing was required for either license. The only requirement was completion of an application, signed under oath before a Justice of the Peace, certifying that the applicant had driven at least one hundred miles. In addition, two persons of good character were requested to sign the application witnessing the competence of the applicant and verifying his qualifications.
1959 Road side radar enforcement activity on Rte 9 performed by
Joe Champagne and Frank Marini and two unidentified DPW radar operators
Recognize these Inspectors ?
Governor Frank Sargent
Registry Inspectors up an until the fall of 1929 wore civilian clothing, then ultimatley issued a loden
green uniform, similar to one displayed below (left and right).
2nd RMV Class
In August 2007, the Registry of Motor Vehicles hired 55 civilian examiners to perform exams for class D and Motorcycle licenses. These task were the responsibility of the Registry Inspector.
When you eliminate a proud organization and it's officers and realize that mistake, sometimes it is just better to leave it alone !
signed: Name withheld by request
Inspectors at roll call
readying for assignment
Throughout the years, Inspectors handled many task such as
licensing, fatal accident investigations, habit and reputations, hearings, selective and holiday enforcement, weights and dimensions, inspection maintenance, school bus safety, professional driving schools, dealer - repair, registration compliance, main headquarters and branch security, commercial driver licensing and many more. As you look at pictures, remember that these Inspectors performed task that many considered a specialty and one that required many hours of studying and training:
Motor Vehicle Chapter 90 Law Enforcement
After a short time on the job, these examiners like us, are being questioned as to why there are so many failures.
In 1920 Frank Goodwin was appointed the first Registrar of the newly formed Registry of Motor Vehicles. This occurred as a result of legislation to reorganize state government in 1919.
On october 7, 1956 under Registrar Rudolph F. King, Registry Inspectors were brought under Section 4 of the commonly called Heart Bill. In June of 1960, the uniform was changed to a dark blue coat and light blue pants. The uniform was very distinctive from other police agencies because it displayed two patches, one on each sleeve.
Note the date on
the MC plate
Inspectors assigned to do inspections during a shut down
Inspector Tom Callahan
Firearms were issued to Inspectors in the early 1970's
leads the way
2nd RMV Class
To help with motor vehicle law
Note - the earlier day shooting postion
Eddie machlin Jr.
More changes at the Registry take place. In 2007 school bus inspections previously performed by Registry Inspectors(State Police) were reassigned to civilians.
Inspector Roland St.Germain
Inspector Lawrence Massone
J. Albert Johnson
Accident Investigation Team marching in parade; shown here are Inspectors Frank Baranowski, Richard Cochrane, Larry Massone, Robert Ryan and William Sisson
"A thing of the past"
and Rick Huegel
The 2nd RMV
Those of us remember a Deputy Registrar speaking to an academy class and stating
"You are our best and
we won't forget you"
Chapter 90 Section 29
The registrar shall appoint and
so it went !
From licensing to registrations and other elements of
Chapter 90, gaining
knowledge took time
A gathering of Inspectors
Motor Vehicle Safety and Enforcement were key areas that Inspectors concentrated on during
holidays such as Labor Day
Guess who these Inspectors are ?
Inspectors assigned to a special enforcement team
Inspectors often were asked
Motor Vehicle Law questions by local and state police
Do you remember what a Class 1 license was ?
The same as the new CDL A license
Inspectors Robert McInnis
Temporary driver licenses were issued on what color paper ?
What color paper were Learner Permits issued on?
Answers to what color paper was
Permits = Green
Licenses = Pink
Current = White
David Tavares and Thomas Langer
at one of the last group meetings
All that is left are the memories
Meeting notices for MMVIA - See Upcoming Notes Page for more details
Pictured here with the "General"
are Registry Inspectors
Pat Pica, Nick Caruso and
Picture believed to
be taken at Topsfield
1979 Swearing in
with the "General"
and Charlie Keough(rear) displaying accident listins of Rte 114 date unknown
Law, MA RMV Office Dec 24, 1981 L- R Inspectors
Sam Incropora, Gordon Little,
John Nochnuk, Oscar Sirois,
and Al Ewing
Inspectors L- R
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Arthur W. Brown Jr.
Francis H. Foley