BOSTON – Following a meeting for the RMV’s Merit Rating Board held today at the Boston’s MassDOT headquarters, Director Thomas Bowes has been fired, per WCVB.
This is the first meeting for the board since 2015. The Merit Rating Board is responsible for maintaining and updating the records of drivers within the state. They then report changes and important information to auto insurers and governments agencies involved in public safety.
The meeting was held to discuss “possible votes on personnel changes,” according to the Boston Herald.
The meeting comes after the discovery that both the RMV and the agency failed as far back as 2014 to keep driver’s records up-to-date by neglecting to suspend the licenses of Massachusetts drivers with out-of-state driving offenses.
Thomas Bowes, now the former director of the Merit Rating Board, was rumored to be part of the personnel changes, as he and other staff were sure to be removed from their positions following several failures of the RMV to notify the proper channels of dangerous and negligent drivers.
Back in June, a 23-year-old driver killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. It was discovered that the driver, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, had a lengthy arrest record for driving infractions and was involved in a drunk driving incident in Connecticut just a month before the New Hampshire accident.
The Merit Rating Board missed the notification from Connecticut about the drunk driving incident, which ultimately lead to the RMV's failure to revoke Zhukovskyy’s license. Following the incident, registrar of the Massachusetts RMV, Erin Deveney, resigned.
"The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has a responsibility to enforce the laws governing safe operation of vehicles and carries out its mission to the best of its abilities,” Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack stated following Deveney’s resignation.
Adding, “But in this case, the RMV had not acted on information provided by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles about a May 11 incident that should have triggered termination of this individual’s commercial driver’s license."
A replacement for Bowes was not named as Acting Registrar Jamey Tesler called for the board to head in a new direction following the scandal.
"Based on everything we learned over the past eight weeks, the Merit Rating Board needs to head in a different direction and I believe it requires new leadership," said Tesler.
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