I recently moved to MA for school and I registered my car at the RMV upon a friend's suggestion. I have a valid NY state inspection with about 3 months more to expire. I was targeted by the issuing officer and say this because one the third time I got the ticket the windshield was covered with snow and there was no way of seeing an inspection sticker. Inspection from new york seemingly requires more items to be checked on the vehicle as compared to the MA standard so I don't see how it's fair to issue a ticket saying my inspection is missing when I have paperwork showing that it covers more checks than the inspection here? I have since gotten my car inspected but what happens to the tickets I have now?
You were not legally required to required to change your registration from New York to Massachusetts as a student. General Laws chapter 90 section 3 only requires that you file a statement with the police department in the city where your college or university is located that you are a nonresident driver and that your insurance meets Massachusetts requirements.
Once you registered the car in Massachusetts you are required to have a Massachusetts motor vehicle inspection performed within 7 days. The failure to do so is punishable by a $50 civil fine per day.
The massachusetts inspection information is available to the officer on his in car mobile data terminal if he or she runs your plate so even if the sticker is coveredwith snow, ice or otherwise the information can be obtained.
I would get the car inspected quickly, bring the proof of inspection and appeal the tickets.
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