Expired Inspection Sticker Ticket in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, not all traffic citations require drivers actively committing a violation on the road and behind the wheel. One example, in particular, punishes operators for not taking an action, when they are required by law to do so—this inaction is letting your inspection sticker expire. Expired inspection tickets, while seemingly harmless slips of the mind, can unfortunately have deeper consequences for the recipient than their face charge alone and can cost you much more than you would expect, over many years. More specifically, expired inspection citations in Massachusetts will add surchargeable points to your insurance premium and will count as a surchargeable event for license suspension/revocation purposes. Even though the driver has not actively committed a violation on the road, in Massachusetts, receiving a ticket for an expired vehicle inspection sticker is, for auto insurance point purposes, equivalent to a moving violation.
In Massachusetts, your vehicle must undergo both an emissions test and a safety inspection every year before its current inspection sticker expires. Otherwise, you are risking being pulled over and receiving a ticket.
The Boston traffic ticket lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. understand that in leading a busy life, letting your inspection sticker expire is often an honest mistake. Unfortunately, ignorance or forgetfulness is no excuse in the eyes of the court. The good news is—you are afforded a chance to appeal your citation and be heard in court.Were You Wrongly Ticketed?
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