New Jersey Might Probe DMV Computer Breakdowns

Two computer outages at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices has some state lawmakers calling for a hearing.

by / July 13, 2011

After two computer outages at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offices statewide during the past month, some New Jersey lawmakers are joining together in saying “enough is enough.”

The offices’ computer system went down on Monday, July 11 and previously on Tuesday, June 28. According to a report on the website, Sen. Robert Gordon, D-Fair Lawn, said that his fellow Senate democrats have agreed to a budget committee hearing to discuss the ongoing computer issues facing the New Jersey MVC.

Gordon said items for discussion at the hearing will include whether an upgrade is needed and whether or not the problems are related to a shortened work cycle at MVC offices.

“We need to bring in everybody involved and ask why this systemic breakdown occurred and what can be done to keep agencies like the MVC running smoothly,” Gordon said, according to’s John Cichowski.

From August 2010 until this week, the New Jersey MVC had been operating on a five-day schedule, down from the traditional six days it had been open previously. The one-day cut was initiated by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a part of an austerity program aimed at saving approximately $4 billion. The New Jersey MVC’s regular six-day schedule was resumed on Tuesday, July 12.

At press time, no date for the budget committee hearing had been set.


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