NEW JERSEY – Senator Anthony M. Bucco is introducing legislation that would end some of the confusing, inconvenient policies that have plagued New Jersey motorists conducting business at Motor Vehicle Commission locations.
The measure would require every NJMVC agency to provide in-person vehicle and licensing services for senior citizens and those with disabilities.
“All New Jersey residents should have convenient access to all Motor Vehicle Commission services, including those who have disabilities or lack access to reliable high-speed internet,” said Bucco (R-25). “If the MVC and the Administration won’t open all agencies for all services, the very least we can do is accommodate our seniors and the disabled.”
During COVID, the commission designated agency locations as either a licensing center or a vehicle center and required some services to be completed online. Those policies remain in effect, making it more difficult for some residents who face mobility challenges, Bucco said.
“To access certain in-demand services, people are required to travel to designated locations. That can often mean driving a half hour or more out of their way, often passing other MVC facilities, for a routine transaction,” Bucco said. “It is unreasonable and unnecessary. People shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get paperwork or register a car they purchased from a private seller.”
Bucco was a tireless advocate for New Jersey motorists during the pandemic, when long lines, poor service and closed MVC locations created nightmares for residents attempting to register vehicles, schedule drivers’ testing, or renew paperwork.
“The health emergency is over, and it is time to take steps to better accommodate residents who require a higher level of service,” Bucco said. “With some sensible adjustments, my bill will help make Motor Vehicles more user friendly. Our seniors and persons with disabilities deserve that.”
Bucco’s bill is scheduled to be introduced on May 12.