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Rt. 20 RMV lot closes


Many drivers ignore the signs



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Drivers crowded the Route 20 parking at the Charlton Registry of Motor Vehicles branch Monday afternoon after the agency closed the lot to its customers. Several motorists said they simply ignored the signs. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
March 02, 2010
CHARLTON — Area motorists are defying the Registry of Motor Vehicle's closing the Route 20 parking lot at the Charlton branch.

To make matters worse, the RMV is now charging customers a new $5 fee for visiting branch locations, and for renewing registrations through a telephone operator. The move is intended to get more customers to use the agency's Web site to complete transactions.

Motorists visiting the branch Monday were still parking in the Route 20 parking lot, despite the warnings on electric signboards on both sides of the road that the parking lot is now closed.

RMV officials at a public hearing in Southbridge last week said the move would likely happen soon, after acknowledging handicapped accessibility issues.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of commmunity news.

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