Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) that would cut down on long lines at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offices became law Dec. 14.
The law would allow new drivers who passed their road tests to drive for 60 days while waiting to receive their probationary drivers’ license. The move was designed to help alleviate mounting pressure on the MVC system.
“By delaying the requirement for every new driver to visit MVC in person to get a license, we can avoid negatively impacting the lines for motorists who need to conduct business in person,” said State Sen. Bucco.
A new bill sponsored by Bucco would reserve certain hours at MVC offices for healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The agency currently requires appointments at all agencies for most customers as the pandemic continues to rage on. The bill would require two hours each day, excluding Sunday, to be dedicated to walk-in services for healthcare workers and first responders.
“It will significantly reduce their wait times and allow them to return to treating patients and saving lives,” said Bucco on how the bill would affect emergency workers.
Online Driver’s Tests
Bucco is not the only North Jersey GOP lawmaker pushing for changes at MVC. State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40) saw the introduction of an online portion of the written part of the MVC driver’s test as a way to help the beleaguered agency.
The MVC would be required to administer this test online during the public health crisis. Additionally, it would require MVC to allow an applicant for a special learner’s permit or examination permit to complete the online exam.
“New Jersey residents are shopping online for groceries and gifts and using the internet to work remotely. There is no reason they shouldn’t be able to take their driver’s test the same way,” said Corrado.