Emissions testing resumes today, after malware attack of the DMV

Monro Muffler Brake & Service is located at 451 Main St. in Monroe.

MONROE, CT — Monro Muffler Brake & Service, an emissions testing center at 451 Main St. in Monroe, resumed testing Tuesday, joining other centers in Connecticut after a malware attack forced the Department of Motor Vehicles to shutdown the program for several weeks.

“We do quite a few every day,” Vig said of emissions tests, adding of the lost time, “I haven’t seen it yet, but we may get a rush because of the delay.”

Applus Technologies, Inc., which detected the cyberattack at the state agency on March 30, has been working on the problem. A thorough investigation is still underway, although Applus is not currently aware of any risk to personal data for drivers in Connecticut, according to DMV Commissioner Sibongile Magubane.

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

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

  • Emissions test deadlines that expire between March 30, 2021 and April 30, 2021 will be extended to June 30, 2021.
  • Retest deadlines that expire between March 30, 2021 and April 30, 2021 will be extended to June 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.”

Records indicate that approximately 53,300 vehicles were due for their emissions test between March 30, 2021 and April 26, 2021, according to the DMV. For information, visit ctemissions.com.

Monro Muffler takes walk-ins for emissions testing.

A search of testing locations on the DMV website shows Monro Muffler as the location in Monroe. Vig said his garage does testing from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

“No appointment is needed,” he said. “It’s on a first come, first serve basis. It only takes five to 10 minutes.”

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