Legislation aims to reduce overcrowding at MVC and prioritize health of seniors
A group of bills co-sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel of the 10th Legislative District that would better assist residents with services at the the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) has cleared the Senate Transportation Committee. These legislative measures, sponsored by Senator Pat Diegnan, who is also Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, aim to lessen the influx of people going to the Motor Vehicle Commission for standard appointments and services.
Sen. Jim Holzapfel’s bill package to better assist residents at the MVC has cleared the Senate Transportation Committee. (SenateNJ.com)
The first bill, S-2748 establishes a MVC Virtual Check-In pilot program to allow customers to reserve a spot in the queue through the commission’s website, move through the queue without being physically present and check-in remotely from the parking lot of the MVC agency or a kiosk.
“In the days and weeks following the reopening of the MVC, we saw massive lines and crowds of people waiting for hours on end for standard appointments,” said Senator Holzapfel. “This bill creates a virtual check-in for residents that will drastically reduce delays at already crowded Motor Vehicle agencies in addition to reducing any potential spread of the virus at these locations.”
S-2747 extends expiring drivers’ license and identification cards for senior citizens and limits certain appointment times at MVC locations to persons with certain medical conditions. The bill also requires the commission to reserve one day per week at all agency locations to offer appointments for services exclusively to customers who have a medical condition and cannot wear masks.
“This is common sense legislation to keep those who are the most vulnerable from contracting the virus out of the MVC,” continued Holzapfel. “This bill allows for residents 65 and older to extend the expiration date of their driver’s license and ID cards until 2022. We can keep our seniors from being forced to go to the MVC and stand in long lines with large crowds while decreasing the amount of people arriving at the MVC.”
S-2803 temporarily extends the deadline to register a vehicle and obtain a driver’s license for new residents who have moved to New Jersey during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The current law states that a person has 60 days to obtain a New Jersey driver’s license and vehicle registration. Senator Holzapfel’s bill extends that 60-day period to 120 days under during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“The extended shut downs by the Governor kept the Motor Vehicle Commission closed for months,” concluded Holzapfel. “New residents were concerned that their out of state license would expire and they would be penalized for driving past the 60 day period. This bill extends that grace period to 120 days and gives new residents more time to schedule an appointment with the MVC.
“I’m hopeful this package of bills will cut down on the lines and overcrowding at the MVC.”
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