Vendor: CT DMV emissions services to be restored by April 30

North Haven, Connecticut-10/17/03: Local auto repair shop ownerDave Bouchard, of Bouchard Automotive, works with a computer to run a new State of Connecticut emissions testing program in his garage. The program, implemented and managed by Agbar Technologies, Inc., incorporates a network of local auto repair garage statewide and tauts itself as the most sophisticated emissions testing program in the United States. ©2003 Peter Hvizdak ph0145a #4168

North Haven, Connecticut-10/17/03: Local auto repair shop ownerDave Bouchard, of Bouchard Automotive, works with a computer to run a new State of Connecticut emissions testing program in his garage. The program, implemented and managed by Agbar Technologies, Inc., incorporates a network of local auto repair garage statewide and tauts itself as the most sophisticated emissions testing program in the United States. ©2003 Peter Hvizdak ph0145a #4168

The emissions testing program in Connecticut, which has been down for nearly three weeks, is expected to be restored by the month’s end.

Applus Technologies, the vendor that provides emissions testing services for Connecticut’s DMV, said in a release Monday it’s anticipated that the state’s emissions program would “have full service restored” by April 30.

On March 30, Applus Technologies detected and stopped an attempted malware attack on its system. As a precaution, all systems in eight states were shut down immediately. Services in Connecticut were among those interrupted.

“The Applus technical team is working around the clock to resolve this issue in order to restore the program to full operations,” the release read. “Applus is not currently aware of any risk to personal data for motorists in Connecticut. However, out of an abundance of caution, the company has engaged computer forensic experts to assist in analyzing the current attack to determine whether or not any personal information for motorists in Connecticut could potentially have been compromised.”

Law enforcement agencies were notified not to cite drivers with expired emissions during the duration of the outage.

New vehicles in Connecticut can be registered without the required emissions test for the time being, DMV officials said. Once the system is back online, the vehicles will be required to meet the state’s compliance standards for emissions. Vehicle registrations can be renewed by mail or online with emissions compliance verification after the system is restored.

In Massachusetts, where Applus is based, the Registry of Motor Vehicles said on Saturday morning that inspections resumed at most inspections stations statewide at 7 a.m. The Massachusetts RMV estimated that roughly 30,000 March inspection stickers and about 160,000 April stickers expired during the outage.

"The vehicle emissions software used by Connecticut stations is complex and different from that used in Massachusetts," said Darrin Greene, CEO of Applus Technologies, in a release. "We recognize the inconvenience this service interruption has caused for motorists, new and used car dealers, and the network of privately-owned automotive service facilities who perform the inspections and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If we can confidently restore service sooner, we will."