Tuesday, August 9, 2005

More BMV Goodness

BMV announces more changes

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which has closed 15 license branches around the state, is planning to drop its 50-cent surcharge on Internet transactions and experiment with allowing car dealers to handle vehicle titles and registrations.

Commissioner Joel Silverman announced those changes today as he deflected criticism from legislators who are furious over his consolidation plan, which also calls for closing another 18 branches.


I am not sure that giving car dealers the authority to handle government documents is a good idea even if it is experimental. The regulatory body should maintain control over this in order to maintain the integrity of the process. I wonder if this has been tried in other states.


Anonymous Hobbes' Goblin said...

A lot of people want vanity plates on their car.

Not me. I'm not into the insanity of vanity.

Nope, nope, nope.

I want a private license plate number -- one that is not displayed to other motorists.

When I'm cruising the nation's highways and byways, I don't want nosy jerks like Moulton ogling my license plate number and blathering on about what state I live in or which deli I stopped off at for my last fabulous luncheon kerfuffle.

August 10, 2005  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

I had never heard of this practice either until I moved to Illinois. It was actually very helpful, in that I didn't have to hike down to the BMV and wait a jillion hours behind someone trying to transfer 7 titles, including two boat titles, pursuant to an estate and for which they had inadequate documentation. (Not that I'm bitter about the last time I bought a car in Indiana, mind you.)

On the other hand, here everything is run through the Secretary of State's office and it's a whole mysterious system, so I can't say whether or not the intergrity of the system is better than Indiana's. Illinois did have that wee license for bribes scandal a few years ago, but I think that was more along the lines of kickbacks for government contracts. That seems to be a second income stream here.

August 10, 2005  
Blogger indygirl said...

It would be nice to get it all done in one swoop. They already do the temps, why not the perms?

August 10, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Interesting. Well, in Illinois it appears that there is some sort nefarious activity involved in every government agency. As you mentioned, it would be quite convenient, but I am not sure all car dealers should have access to these records. Most dealerships are on the up and up, but I know a few small car lots that are just begging for some RICO charges.

August 10, 2005  
Blogger lemming said...

I cannot say enough unpleasant things about the one time I used a dealership to handle legal transactions regarding a new car. Mind you, this was in Illinois, which might explain everything.

Still don't like the idea.

ever a Luddite, that would be me...

August 10, 2005  
Anonymous Montana Mouse said...

There is no shortage of graft, corruption, and incompetence among the nation's bureaucracies, and the free agents who game them for a living.

Elsewhere, I've written recently about Moulton's Law:

If a bureaucracy makes a mistake, it can't be fixed.

For details, see the last entry (dated 3 August 2005) of The Musings of Montana Mouse, which you can read by clicking on my byline above.

August 10, 2005  

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