Posted on February 27, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Rep. Jay Case (R-Winsted) spoke in favor of his legislative proposal to create a streamlined registration process for nonprofit organization that have five or more vehicles in their fleet. Currently, each vehicle must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles individually. This process can be cumbersome and time consuming to an organization that might not have the additional resources to continue their operations if vehicles are not legally allowed on the road.
Rep. Case said, “Transportation services are integral to life out here in the Northwest Corner, and to several other rural areas of our state. The companies that administer these services are dealing with too many administrative barriers when they go to register their vehicles. While I believe these vehicles should be inspected to ensure they are compliant with safety standards, there is a better mechanism for us to complete registrations by allowing several vehicles to be registered at one time, all together.”
According to Rep. Case, the vehicles used by these companies aren’t always the most up-to-date because resources are not as readily available to most nonprofits as other, private entities. In essence, if one vehicle is damaged or in need of some alteration in order to pass inspection, then that particular vehicle goes to the back of the line and the registration process starts all over again until such repairs are made.
“We are simply looking to streamline an administrative task done by the DMV. This will help the agency become more efficient and will also be less burdensome on our nonprofits who rely on cars, vans and other means of transportation to serve their clients,” concluded Case.
There was no testimony in opposition of the bill during today’s public hearing. It will be considered further by the Transportation Committee in the coming days. The next action would be for the legislation to be moved by the committee to the House of Representatives.