Vehicle inspection and emissions testing programs resume following month-long outage


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Vehicle inspection and emissions testing programs resumed Tuesday, with deadlines extended and late fees waived after being on hold for nearly a month following a data breach.

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles announced that Applus Technologies, Inc. has restored service to all Connecticut emissions test centers. This will allow vehicle inspection and emissions testing programs to resume.

This comes after an outage was caused by a malware attack that was detected on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, and temporarily interrupted vehicle inspection and emissions testing programs.

“I’ve been waiting over a month,” said Carolyn Dauria of Hamden.

Dauria was one of the first customers to head to Keating Automotive on Whitney Avenue in Hamden now that the system is back up and running.

As News 8 first reported, the state set a deadline of the end of this month for restarting testing. Officials were able to get things going a few days earlier than expected. Business owners like Marybeth Keating are thrilled.

“Now we can have our guys back working so we’re doing much better,” said Keating.

Related: Emissions testing expected to resume by the end of April

“We would like to thank the public as well as the test centers for their patience over the past few weeks,” said DMV Commissioner Sibongile Magubane. “The DMV enacted a plan to tackle the backlog which provides customers ample time to complete their testing.”

The state is giving customers a grace period through June 30 to get it done and asking police not to ticket.

The DMV will offer the following extensions to customers who were impacted by the service outage:

Emissions TestMarch 30, 2021 – April 30, 2021June 30, 2021
RetestMarch 30, 2021 – April 30, 2021June 30, 2021

“DMV will waive all emissions test late fees through June 30, 2021,” said DMV Deputy Commissioner Tony Guerrera. “Customers impacted by the outage now have up to 60-days to complete their emissions testing requirements.”  

Related: DMV still dealing with an outage of its emissions system

There are about 53,300 vehicles that were due for their emissions test between March 30, 2021, and April 26, 2021.

A thorough investigation is still underway on the malware attack. Meantime, Applus said no one’s private information was compromised.

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