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Thursday, April 28, 2005

World's Dumbest DMV:

At last, an issue that has Democrats and Republicans both worked up in a tizzy.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles may be violating the law by requiring some cars to receive emissions tests in 2005 and again in 2006, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday.

The state emissions tests are supposed to be conducted every other year.

About 640,000 cars and small trucks missed tests while the program was suspended from April 22 to Nov. 12, 2004. The DMV decided to schedule those vehicles for $20 tests in consecutive years to put the program back on schedule, DMV spokesman Bill Seymour told the Republican-American of Waterbury on Monday.

"We have to make up for that and get back to our regular cycle," he said.

Oh, I don't think so. It cannot possibly be expected that 640,000 Connecticut drivers should pay twice for emissions testing, especially given that it was Agbar's (the private software contractor's) fault in the first place for having the program suspended.

The state would not get the $12.8 million in additional funds from the affected vehicles because the additional $20 fee would be shared between the testing garage and Agbar, Seymour said.

So, let me see if I have this right. Agbar screws up, shuts down for a season, comes back with a "new and improved" product, and they get rewarded for their incompetence? Something doesn't quite seem right with that.

Fortunately, Attorney General Blumenthal seems to be on this case, as he is questioning the legality of the DMV's audacious decision. Since local talk radio, which has seldom met a tax or fee imposition it didn't like, has jumped on the anti-DMV bandwagon, I suspect this won't go much further... at least I am hopeful.


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