Bramnick bill would end lines at MVC

Reserving a spot in line or making an appointment at a Motor Vehicle Commission agency could be as easy as clicking a link on a website.

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, who has continuously voiced concerns and offered solutions to correct deficiencies at the agency, sponsors a bill (A4487) requiring the MVC to create a one-year virtual check-in pilot program. It unanimously passed the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee today. He also introduced a bill today that would allow drivers to make appointments online.

“Besides the labor department, I don’t know of any other department that has failed the people of New Jersey more than the MVC,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Drivers have waited for hours without any communication from the agency. There has been no social distancing in the lines and we are experiencing a public health emergency. Their response has been shameful.”

In July, after months of coronavirus shutdowns, Bramnick visited the MVC agency in Springfield to find chaos and a line with hundreds of people. Following the disastrous reopening, Bramnick called on Gov. Phil Murphy to alleviate wait times.

“Because of the lack of action from the administration, we have to introduce legislation to fix the problems,” said Bramnick.

The pilot program would permit drivers to reserve a spot in line through the MVC website, move up in the queue without being physically present, and check in remotely from the parking lot using a mobile application or in-person using a kiosk or tablet. The Senate Transportation Committee passed the bill (S2748) in August.

Under the second bill that Bramnick introduced today (A4873), drivers could reserve appointments at an agency through the MVC website. In addition, the expiration date on certain documentation would be extended if the next available appointment wasn’t until after the expiration.