Due to the nationwide system outage of motor vehicle inspection services by its vendor, Applus Technologies, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is allowing a grace period for specific motor vehicle inspection requirements outlined below.

The RMV is working in close partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts State Police, and other stakeholders to mitigate the impact of this outage.

The RMV has advised law enforcement that compliance with the safety/emissions inspection requirement has not been possible since March 30, in light of the outage caused by the malware attack against Applus.

● Motor vehicles with expired inspection stickers from March 2021 (“3” sticker on windshield) should be granted until April 30, 2021, to obtain an inspection.

● Vehicles newly purchased or registered on or after Tuesday, March 23, 2021, should be granted until April 30, 2021, to obtain an inspection. Newly purchased vehicles must typically be inspected within seven (7) days of registration.

● Customers who recently had an inspection rejection and are in the 60-day free retest window will be afforded one extra day for each day Applus’ system remains unavailable but should plan to facilitate their inspection as soon as possible once the system is restored and stations are online.

For additional information and details on these and other RMV service offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.mass.gov/rmv or https://www.mass.gov/info-details/rmv-covid-19-information.

I'm pleased to announce that Malden has been awarded $102,000 in Shared Streets Grant funds from the Mass. Department of Transportation to install a two-way separated bike facility along the northwest side of Willow Street, along with crosswalk upgrades, flashing safety beacons, and a median island.

The House Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development has supplied information on certain programs funded by the American Rescue Plan catered towards restaurants and live venues impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), will be used to provide application-based financial support to restaurants impacted by the pandemic. Assistance is based on revenue loss, payroll costs, and other factors. Small restaurants (not more than $500k in 2019 gross receipts) are guaranteed at least $5 billion in grants.

When made available to the public, the application will be available at this link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options

The Shuttered Venues Grants recapitalize a $15 billion SBA program to assist operators of live venues impacted by COVID-19. Operators can sign up to be notified when the application is available (expected April 8th) at https://www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s/svog-sign-up-form

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