WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- More than 800 more Massachusetts licenses have been suspended following the registry's most recent action, pushing the total number of suspensions to around 2,400.
This comes as the RMV is rushing to update their processing of out-of-state violations following a discovered miscommunication back in June.
MassDOT released a seven page status update today that outlines several fixes the RMV is working towards to correct the problem that allowed 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy to get behind the wheel of a trailer that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.
The report comes as police told us a search warrant was executed this morning at the business address for Westfield Transport, the company that employed Zhukovskyy.
The Registry of Motor Vehicle's acting registrar, Jamey Tesler, announced headway in a plan to better process out-of-state driver violations.
In the update released Thursday, Tesler said: "Work is underway to set up the new out-of-state (OOS) notifications processing unit, which will be responsible both for entering data from OOS notices into driver records and for instituting sanctions triggered by that data."
Tesler said that the planned six person team already has two supervisors who will begin the August 19 and will help recruit and train other employees when hired. He also said the RMV is working to make sure the commercial driver's license information is up to date with the nationwide system 'CDLIS'.
As for non-commercial drivers, Tesler provided an update on the cross referencing of all 5.2 million Massachusetts licenses with the National Driver Register, making sure names, birthdates, and social security numbers matched and then looking for suspension-worthy actions.
Tesler said quote: "Based on the NDR review, Massachusetts identified approximately 1,686 drivers that met all three key identifiers, making us confident that the serious violation was committed by a licensed Massachusetts driver."
Of those, more than 700 suspensions were issued and an additional 149 that didn't match all the identifiers and required additional research.
In total, "...869 drivers have been suspended via this process," according to Tessler's report.
The report comes just hours after a Western Mass News viewer alerted us to a heavy police presence at the address listed for Westfield Transport on Allison Lane. Westfield Transport hired Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, the West Springfield man with a troubled driving history.
West Springfield Police confirmed with us that a search warrant was executed at the home, along with Mass. State Police and the federal Department of Transportation, but they could not say what was taken from the home.
We tried to ask as well. Someone who answered the door indicated that they had no comment.
We also reached out to the Coos County Attorney's office, which is handling Zhukovskyy's case in Randolph, NH. They told us there are no upcoming court dates for Zhukovskyy, but a trial date has been tentatively set for November.