That slip-up resulted in a $1,500 fine Tuesday against Tinoco, who was forced to close his garage bays until he files for the DMV permit.
“I better do this as soon as possible,” Tinoco said while holding his citation. “I might lose a lot of money if we stay closed for too many days.”
Tinoco’s Auto Body and more than 40 other garages were visited May 17 by 20 investigators from the DMV’s compliance enforcement team, who canvassed the city as part of the agency’s fifth annual “Impact Day,” aimed at making sure the businesses are properly registered.
“Usually, we hear that the business owners didn’t know that they had to register with the DMV,” said Lori Billingsley, a DMV supervisory compliance investigator.
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