Archive for Friday, October 5, 2012

Brownback creates task force on state vehicle system

October 5, 2012


— Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is creating a task force to recommend improvements in the state's motor vehicles division.

The Republican governor said Friday there's no excuse for subjecting drivers and vehicle owners to delays and long lines in dealing with registrations, titles and licensing.

Brownback says problems have always existed but were made worse by this year's switch to a new Department of Revenue computer system that was meant to speed things up.

The new Governor's DMV Modernization Task Force will be chaired by Lee Harris, the CEO of Cohen Esrey Real Estate Services. The 21 members are drawn from the private and public sectors, including county treasurers and law enforcement officials.

Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan will serve as a non-voting member.


riverdrifter 5 years, 6 months ago

Yep. This started well over a year ago. Brownback must've gotten sick of all the nasty email he was getting over it. It has been flat-out ugly across the state. A friend in Ness county (population 3,120) was even raising hell about slow service!

chootspa 5 years, 6 months ago

OOh, I hope he replaces it with Romneycare. It covers abortions.

5 years, 6 months ago

God I hate "task forces," especially those announced in the press. Have Nick (who's a fine fellow, btw) assign a couple people to look into it, real quiet-like. Have a few meetings, make some recommendations, and announce the changes via inter-office memo. But don't announce the committee in the press, don't give it a name, and in the interest of all that is holy don't put 21 people on it.

5 people, Sam. No more. More than that and you're just padding your friends' resumes. You're also guaranteeing that whatever solution is finally reached is no solution at all.

verity 5 years, 6 months ago

Twenty-one people? Really? A committee of 21 people?

Do they get paid?

The ideal committee is one person. Three at the very most.

I was on a committee with three people once. The other two wouldn't make time for a meeting, so I had one by myself, they OKed the minutes and all were happy.

verity 5 years, 6 months ago

In due time, we will find out the motives behind this and they won't be for the good of us common folk.

chootspa 5 years, 6 months ago

Well there is the craptastic program they bought, but it's also a coincidence that we're all needing voter ID now, isn't it? It'd be a real shame if they closed down a bunch of offices in urban areas with likely poor and liberal voters and moved them to areas outside the bus routes in order to "save money."

kernal 5 years, 6 months ago

Whatever became of the GOP's credo "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? I liked that because it usually made sense.

The past couple of years, it seems they're h$ll bent on replacing it with "tweaked by twits". That goes for this MVD fiasco, the voter fraud fiasco, which someone rightly referred to as "the monsters under the bed", and every other unnecessary action the conservative right has taken - like a bunch of fearful old ladies.

verity 5 years, 6 months ago

Their motto seems to be: If it ain't broke, break it.

5 years, 6 months ago

Ohh! Wonderful! Why, if our scarecrow back in Kansas could do that, the crows'd be scared to pieces!

FixKSDMV 5 years, 6 months ago

Here are a few suggestions to fix the DMV. Look at privatization of the offices. In Johnson County the taxpayers subsidize the cost of running these offices Just do not allow it to be by political appointment. Add Saturday and evening hours. Fix the insurance database so more online registration can be completed successfully. It needs to be updated more frequently. Require insurance companies offering policies in KS to report. Today it is voluntary. Permanently eliminate online fees. Eliminate or change the process to verify the VIN of vehicles from out state being titled in KS for the first time. In Johnson County you now have to go to a different location outside of the county to have it verified. This is confusing. Look at a two year registration period. Most of these suggestions are targeted at the county DMV offices handling titles and registrations. The offices issuing driver licenses are run by the state and never did convert to the new systems. They need to add hours (currently closed on Mondays) and more staff to reduce wait times. Good thing we do not have to renew our licenses all that often. When I registered 4 vehicles in July I received 4 different renewal notices, 4 stamps and 4 envelopes. When I sent it in I received 4 letters back with the new registrations. Now this is controlled at the county level, but you get the picture. There is a way to houshold mailings like this and allow money to be saved.

deec 5 years, 6 months ago

In many states some permits required for truck drivers are sold at private businesses. Some also have private vendors issue truck driving licenses. The licenses cost more, because the vendors charge a fee.

Adding hours requires more employees. Employees cost money, and the state is not in a spending mood.

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