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MASSACHUSETTS
Inspection Update
VEHICLE CHECK
Cleaner Air • Safer Roads
Contents
Inspection Update Profile3
Interesting MAC Cases4
Registered Emissions
Repair Update5
Helpful Inspection
Reminders6
Inspection Equipment
Updates6
MA Requires Repairers
Use Approved Emissions Repair
Parts7
Inspection Update is a
publication produced by
Massachusetts Vehicle
Check; a joint program of the
Massachusetts Department
of Environmental Protection
(MassDEP), the Registry
of Motor Vehicles (RMV)
and Parsons Commercial
Technology Group, Inc.
Volume 11, Issue 2
Summer 2010
Massachusetts Vehicle Check
Program Launches Inspector
Re-Certification Training
(RECERT)
• In June 2010, the Massachusetts
Vehicle Check Program launched
inspector re-certification training
(RECERT). Parsons mailed the
first round of inspector RECERT
notifications to all Non-Commercial
inspectors
with
certifications
expiring in July 2010.
• All vehicle inspector training
certifications are valid for a period of
two years. Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) regulations require periodic re-certification
training for inspectors participating in the Massachusetts Vehicle Check program. All
licensed inspectors must complete recertification training within 90 days of their current
training certification expiration date to continue inspecting vehicles.
• All RECERT training exams are offered online at the Mass Vehicle Check Program
Web site: www.massvehiclecheck.state.ma.us. For commercial inspectors, there is also
a required four-hour RECERT class that must be completed before taking the online
exam.
• Please do not confuse training requirements with license requirements. Parsons is
responsible for training, while RMV is responsible for licensing.
Do I need to contact Parsons or the Technical Helpdesk to schedule my RECERT
training and exam?
• No, Parsons will mail an information package to your home address approximately 90
before your training expiration date.
• Note: Inspectors are required to provide RMV with their new address within 30 days of
a move. If you don’t update your address with RMV, you may not receive your RECERT
notification in a timely manner.
How will I know when and how to update my Inspector Training Certification?
• Each month, beginning in June 2010, Parsons will mail RECERT notifications to
inspectors whose training is set to expire in approximately 90 days.
• The notification package contains important information you will need to know to
renew your specific training certification.
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Technical Helpdesk:
Motorist Hotline:
877-834-4677 (877-VEH INSP) 866-941-6277
Program web site:
massvehiclecheck.state.ma.us
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Massachusetts Vehicle Check Program
Launches Re-Certification Training (RECERT)
(Continued from page 1)
What are the fees for Inspector RECERT training?
• Non-Commercial Re-certification Fee: $60.00
• Commercial Re-certification Fee: $97.00 ($80.00 for the
four-hour class and $17.00 for the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) Handbook)
• 7D Re-certification Fee: $10.00
• Motorcycle Re-certification Fee: $25.00
General Information for all RECERT training types:
• All RECERT exams are located online at the Program
Web site: www.massvehiclecheck.state.ma.us.
• The exams are “open book” which means you may use
your training materials while taking the exam. This
includes your Inspector Training Manual, Inspection
Update Newsletters, workstation messages, program
Web site information and the FMCSR Handbook for
commercial inspectors.
• The Non-Commercial RECERT training began in June
for Inspectors with training certifications expiring
in July 2010, and will continue for the remainder
of the program.
• The exam contains 50 questions.
Commercial Inspector RECERT Details
• The Commercial Re-certification requirement includes
four hours of classroom training prior to taking the
online exam.he RECERT training will focus primarily
on the equivalency of the Massachusetts Commercial
Vehicle Safety Inspection and the Federal Motor Carrier
Administration (FMCSA) Regulations.
• Each inspector will receive the most recent edition of
the FMCSR Handbook.
• After notification packages are mailed, Parsons will
contact you by phone to schedule your training.
• You must pay for your exam before taking it.
• The Web site accepts VISA and MasterCard for
immediate access to the exam.
• Alternatively, you may pay by check, but you must
mail your check and wait five business days for
check processing.
• RECERT exams can’t be taken more than 90 days in
advance of your training expiration date, but should
be taken as soon as possible after you receive your
information packet.
• You will have 120 minutes to complete the exam.
• You must pass the exam with a score of 80 percent
or better.
• You are allowed three attempts to pass the exam (one
initial and two free re-tests). If you do not pass the exam
after three attempts, you will be required to re-take
initial training and pass the initial training exam.
• Notification packages for each inspector type (NonCommercial, Commercial, 7D and Motorcycle) contain
detailed information and instructions to guide you
through the RECERT process.
• Non-Commercial Inspector RECERT Details
• All RECERT preparation may be completed
through the Program Web site except for a review of
workstation messages that are only available through
your workstation.
• The Commercial RECERT training will begin in July
for Inspectors with training certifications expiring in
September 2010, and will continue for the remainder of
the program.
• Commercial RECERT training will be conducted in
Braintree, Pocasset, Medford, Shrewsbury and West
Springfield Motorist Assistant Center (MAC) facilities.
• RECERT exam will be provided on the Program Web
site.
• The new exam contains 50 questions.
7D and Motorcycle Inspector RECERT Details
• All RECERT preparation may be completed
through the public Web site except for a review of
workstation messages that are only available through
your workstation.
• The 7D and Motorcycle RECERT training will begin in
November for Inspectors expiring in January 2011, and
will continue for the remainder of the program.
• The exams contain 25 questions each.
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Inspection Update Profile
With the Massachusetts Vehicle Check Commercial
Inspector Trainers
Q. How did you get into Commercial Inspector
training?
Billy Smits:I worked for the City of Newton for 39
years and retired as a garage foreman. I
spent a lot of time working on diagnostics,
primarily for trucks. I have approximately
50 National Institute of Automotive Service
Excellence (ASE) certifications and am a
certified L1 and L2 Master Technician. I
started teaching when the Massachusetts
Vehicle Check Program began in 2008.
Paul Jannoni: I am a certified ASE L1 Master Technician.
I started out working as a technician, and
teaching at night. I started teaching when
the prior vehicle inspection program
began in 1999.
Tony Girard:
I have been a mechanic for 40 years. I am a
certified L1 and L2 Master Technician and
a Senior Master Ford Technician. I started
teaching in 1999 when the prior program
was established.
Q. Where are you currently employed?
Paul:
I work full-time for Parsons, running the Medford
Motorist Assistance Center (MAC). I also teach
at the Braintree and Shrewsbury MACs, and
occasionally at the West Springfield MAC. I teach
Inspector certification courses for Commercial,
Non-commercial, Motorcycles and 7D vehicles.
Tony: I ’m employed by Metro Ford in Raynham. I mostly
work on diesel electronics and fuel systems. I
teach Commercial Inspector certification courses
primarily at the Fall River MAC, and occasionally
at the Braintree and Shrewsbury MACs.
Billy: I work for Parsons at the Braintree MAC. I
teach Commercial Inspector certification courses
at the Braintree, Shrewsbury and West Springfield
MACs.
Q. How has training for the Massachusetts
Vehicle Check Program evolved over time?
Tony:Combustion and fuel control theory is very
important. Commercial technicians are more
prepared with this theory, especially when it comes
to understanding the chemical nature of emissions
exhaust. There used to be a certain fear factor
from the public because they didn’t know what
the inspection involved, but now the public seems
more educated about the Program. The public has
come to understand the efforts both technicians
and station owners are putting in to improve the
Pictured from l-r, Billy Smits, Braintree MAC; Paul Jannoni,
Medford MAC; and Tony Girard, Fall River MAC.
Paul:
air quality and keep our roads safe.
I agree with Tony; there is increased public
awareness about the potential for serious public
danger due to both vehicle pollution and unsafe
vehicles. Because childhood asthma rates in
Massachusetts have increased, and a firefighter was
recently killed due to a vehicle with bad brakes,
motorists understand that this Program is about
more than just a $29 fee. As a trainer, I can tell that
inspectors take their training seriously because they
know they are providing a valuable service for the
Commonwealth’s residents.
Q. What types of students do you typically see?
Billy:I exclusively conduct commercial training, so
by time the students get to me, they are pretty
professional. Given my experience, I specialize in
fleets and heavy duty vehicles. Some students have
familiarity with heavy duty trucks and some don’t,
so we familiarize them with those vehicle parts and
systems they don’t quite know about yet.
Paul:There is a tremendous range of student knowledge,
especially in commercial inspections. Because they
are required to have technical skills before they
even take the commercial inspection course, the
commercial student qualifications are typically
higher than noncommercial students. At the end
of each class, almost everyone comes up to me and
shakes my hand. They always walk away with
something they can take with them to improve
their jobs, making them better inspectors and more
confident business people.
Q. Is it helpful to have specialists come to
the commercial classes from fleets or
dealerships?
Tony:It’s great for me. As a Ford expert, I am always
eager to learn about other manufacturers’ vehicles
and pass that information on to students. However,
the one thing that everyone should learn, from
newbies to specialists, is proper inspection theory.
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Inspection Update Profile
(continued from page 3):
I can’t emphasize enough the importance that
theory holds in commercial inspections. Inspectors
need to understand the theory to be able to inspect
the widest range of vehicles possible.
Q. What are the areas of the commercial
inspection that bring up the questions?
Billy:I receive many questions about how to
properly inspect airbrakes, so I teach how the
manufacturer checks them. I also get questions
about the comparison between the Massachusetts
Commercial Vehicle and Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
Interesting Motorist Assistance
Center (MAC) Cases
Q.What are the most interesting elements for
you to teach?
Billy: C
hapter three in the Commercial Inspection
Manual - the actual physical inspection. This is
when everyone sits up and starts to get excited,
because we take the systems apart and show them
how to inspect the vehicle. The students also pay
close attention to the opacity meter because it’s so
important for them to learn how to use and clean
the test equipment properly.
Paul:I’m really looking forward to teaching the
Commercial RECERT classes, because these
classes will eliminate common inspector confusion
about the Massachusetts and FMCSA regulations.
Inspectors will need to understand these regulations
really well to pass the Commercial Inspection
recertification exam.
The MAC technician spoke with the motorist and determined
that she had attempted everything that was suggested and
that she was rightly concerned about her inspection sticker
expiration. The motorist provided her repair shop contact
information, and the MAC called the repair shop to discuss
the vehicle’s situation.
All 1996 Maximas have a unique drive cycle and specific
enabling criteria that must be maintained to allow all of the
monitors to complete. The MAC provided this information
to the repair tech so that they could attempt another drive
cycle. After several attempts, the repair tech returned the
vehicle to the MAC for evaluation.
MAC L-1 working with a vehicle.
A 1996 Nissan Maxima failed the initial test for the
following unset readiness monitors: Evaporative, Exhaust
Gas Recirculation (EGR), and Catalyst. The Oxygen (O2)
Sensor Heater and O2 Sensor monitors were both ready. Model year 1996 vehicles can have only two unset readiness
monitors, so this vehicle needed to complete one of the
three incomplete monitors in order to pass the monitor
readiness test.
The Maxima was emissions tested but turned away six
times over a 10 week period. The vehicle was driven
daily during this time, accruing 2,586 miles. Because the
vehicle was not setting its readiness monitors with all of
this driving, the owner called the Motorist Hotline, seeking
readiness assistance. After a brief interview, the Hotline
scheduled the motorist for a visit to the nearest MAC.
Multiple drive cycles were performed on the Maxima
using the MAC’s dynamometer without any change in the
vehicle’s readiness monitor status. The MAC L-1 observed
that the fuel schedule (injector pulse-width) and the fuel
control (Alphas) were higher than recommended. After
discussions with the repair technician and using the MAC
L-1’s previous drive cycle experience with other Maximas,
the MAC and the repair technician both agreed that these
monitors should run at these elevated levels.
Trying to set just one or two unset monitors without the
PCM being cleared can often be difficult. So, the PCM was
cleared just prior to attempting the drive cycle to assure that
all of the monitors were able to run in the sequence that
Nissan intended. In this case, clearing the PCM memory is
exactly what the Maxima needed. Once the PCM memory
was cleared, the MAC L-1 drove the vehicle using the
described drive cycle on the dyne, and all the emission
monitors completed. The motorist was then able to re-test
her vehicle and receive a passing emissions sticker.
Due to the partnership between the repair shop and the
MAC, the motorist’s vehicle was able to complete the
emissions inspection successfully.
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Registered Emissions Repair Update
Whenever a vehicle fails its emissions test, Massachusetts
Vehicle Check encourages motorists to patronize Registered
Emissions Repair Shops. If repairs of private passenger
vehicles make up the bulk of your business, being a
Registered Emissions Repair Shop can give your business a
competitive advantage.
Renewing Your Existing Registered Emission
Repair Technician Registration:
1.
How do I become a new Registered Emissions
Repair Technician or Shop? How do I maintain
my current certification?
In the summer of 2010, Parsons will launch an updated
process to register emissions repair technicians and shops.
To obtain or renew your current Registered Emissions
Technician or Shop status, you will need to complete the
following required steps:
2.
New/Prospective Registered Repair Technician
Registration & Training Requirements:
1.
2.
3.
Submit an application and a copy of your National
Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
Advanced Engine Performance Specialist L-1 and/
or Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist L-2
certification to Parsons. You may also submit a copy of
your Light Vehicle Diesel A9 certification along with
your L-1 documentation to qualify for repair of 1997
or newer light-duty diesel vehicles equipped with an
OBD system. You may download a Registered Repair
Technician application form via the Program Web
site: www.massvehiclecheck.state.ma.us/inspection_
forms.html. You may also call the Registered Repair
Coordinator at 781-794-2961 and request that an
application be sent to you by mail.
Take the free Mass Module on-line course, which is
designed to teach automotive repair professionals
what they need to know to become Registered
Emissions Repair Technicians. It also provides specific
information relevant to the Massachusetts Vehicle
Check Program. You must successfully pass the final
exam with a score of 100 percent. You will only be
able to log in to the Mass Module exam if Parsons has
received your application.
omplete the Mass Vehicle Check 28-hour training
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course on performing successful on-board diagnostics
(OBD) vehicle repairs offered at three training
Motorist Assistance Centers. In addition to attending
the training course, you must successfully pass the
final exam with a score of 80 percent. The fee for this
training is $600.00. Please call the Registered Repair
Coordinator for more information.
3.
4.
I f you have not already done so, submit an updated
application and a copy of your ASE Advanced Engine
Performance Specialist L-1 and/or Electronic Diesel
Engine Diagnosis Specialist L-2 certification to Parsons.
You may also submit a copy of your Light Vehicle Diesel
A9 certification along with your L-1 documentation to
qualify for repair of 1997 or newer light-duty diesel
vehicles equipped with an OBD system. You may
download a Registered Repair Technician application
form via the Program Web site: www.massvehiclecheck.
state.ma.us/inspection_forms.html. You may also call
the Registered Repair Coordinator at 781-794-2961 and
request that an application be sent to you by mail.
ake the free Mass Module on-line course, which is
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designed to teach automotive repair professionals
what they need to know to become Registered
Emissions Repair Technicians. It also provides specific
information relevant to the Massachusetts Vehicle
Check Program. You must successfully pass the final
exam with a score of 100 percent. You will only be
able to log in to the Mass Module exam if Parsons has
received your application.
nroll in and attend one three- to four-hour ProgramE
related training seminar annually. The fee for a training
seminar is $150.00. Please call the Registered Repair
Coordinator for more information.
Submit your updated ASE L-1 and/or L-2 Certification
documentation each time you renew your ASE
certification(s).
New/Prospective Registered Repair Shop
Registration
1.
ubmit a Registered Repair Shop Application to
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Parsons. You may download a Registered Repair Shop
Application form via the Program Web site: http://
www.massvehiclecheck.state.ma.us/inspection_
forms.html. You may also call the Registered Repair
Coordinator at 781-794-2961 and request that an
application be sent to you by mail.
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Register Emissions Repair Update
(continued from page 5):
ffRenewing Your Existing Registered Repair
Shop Registration
1.
If you have not already done so, submit an updated
Registered Repair Shop Application to Parsons.
You may download a Registered Repair Technician
Application form via the Program Web site:
www.massvehiclecheck.state.ma.us/inspection_
forms.html. You may also call the Registered Repair
Coordinator at 781-794-2961 and request that an
application be sent to you by mail.
Please check the Program Web site periodically for
additional updates on the new Registered Emissions Repair
Technician and Shop Program. Parsons will also be sending
updates and notifications to Registered Technicians and
Shops as more information becomes available.
Helpful Inspection Reminders
Scanning Windshield
Stickers Saves Time
Did you know that you
can save time by entering
VIN and registration
information by scanning
the windshield sticker’s
2D barcode? Scanning
the 2D barcode will
work on initial tests (by
scanning a previous year’s passing sticker) or retests (by
scanning a failing sticker).
Inspection Equipment Updates
ffReturning Toner Cartridges
Effective January 1, 2010, the United Parcel Service (UPS)
changed its policy regarding pre-paid return labels. UPS is
now charging a pickup fee if the only item you are shipping
is a package bearing a prepaid label (e.g., the label provided
inside the box by Lexmark for use in returning toner
cartridges). To avoid being charged a pickup fee, choose
one of the following options:
1.
2.
ontinue to use UPS to ship your spent toner cartridges
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back to Lexmark. You can either put the toner with
other packages being picked up by UPS, i.e. a regularly
scheduled pick up from your station, or you can bring
the package to a UPS store to be shipped.
witch to the US Postal Service to ship your spent
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toner cartridges back to Lexmark. You can discard
the UPS label and instead print an US Postal
Service label from the following Web site address:
www1.lexmark.com/documents/en_us/
elpaso_79906_Rev0408.pdf. This label can be affixed
to the package and sent at no cost via the USPS.
If you are unable to print a US Postal Service label or have
any questions regarding these procedures, please call
the Technical Help Desk at 1-877-834-4677 and request
assistance.
By scanning the previous sticker’s 2D barcode, the VIN,
plate type, and plate number will be automatically entered
into the workstation. If the plate number or plate type needs
to be changed, use the “up” Arrow on the keyboard to
move the cursor up to the appropriate field and type in the
correct information. This eliminates typing the information
manually or stretching to reach the vehicle’s VIN plate.
Did You Know?
All diesel-powered vehicles must now be emissions
tested. If your station has Class A license, and
you have a non-commercial inspector license, you
should not refuse to test diesel-powered light-duty
passenger vehicles. Model year 1997 and newer
diesel-powered light-duty passenger vehicles are
subject to the on-board diagnostics (OBD) emissions
test and are tested just like all gasoline-powered
light-duty vehicles.
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MA Requires Repairers Use Approved
Emissions Repair Parts
Enforcement Statistics
Did you know that the Massachusetts Low Emission
Vehicle (LEV) Program requires that repair shops use
ONLY emission control parts that have been approved by
the California Air Resources Board in model year 1995 and
newer vehicles? Massachusetts’ LEV regulation, 310 CMR
7.40 (9), applies to the repair of used vehicles.
What does the LEV Program mean for repair shops? When
performing emissions-related repairs, the repairer must
be sure that they are installing only approved emissions
parts. When deciding what type of aftermarket part to use,
if the part is not offered for sale or sold in California, then
you are prohibited from selling or installing the part. Of
course, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are
acceptable.
Violations issued to inspectors:
75
Violations issued to Stations:
90
Inspectors privileges Revoked:
1
Inspectors required to Retrain:
11
Inspectors Suspended:
15
Stations Suspended:
27
Penalties Assessed:
$XX
For period 01/01/2010 to 03/31/2010
California’s list of vehicle pollution control system parts
is extensive, and may not be routinely associated with
emissions-related repairs. Parts affecting emissions and
regulated by the LEV regulation include, but are not
limited to, air cleaners, catalytic converters, computers and
computer chips, turbochargers/superchargers, electronic
ignitions, fuel injection, fuel tanks, air injection systems,
exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems, fuel evaporation
systems, internal engine parts, replacement engines, and
transmission or transaxle replacement.
To find additional information:
Pertaining to the California regulations for aftermarket parts or a complete list of emissions-related
parts, please visit the California Air Resources Board
Web site: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aftermkt/
replace.htm.
Pertaining to the Massachusetts LEV regulation,
please visit the MassDEP Web site: http://www.
mass.gov/dep/air/community/lev.htm.
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