Bucco Bill Would Dedicate MVC Appointment Hours for Health Care Workers & First Responders During Pandemic
Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced legislation that would reserve certain hours at Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) locations for health care workers and first responders during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“Our doctors, nurses, and EMTs are on the front lines every day leading the battle against this pandemic,” said Bucco (R-25). “This bill gives our health care workers and first responders access to dedicated appointment times at all MVC locations. It will significantly reduce their wait times and allow them to return to treating patients and saving lives.”
In recent days, nearly half of New Jersey’s MVC facilities closed because employees tested positive for COVID-19. The MVC also suspended walk-in service and now requires appointments at all of its agencies for most customers.
The legislation, S-3290, requires the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to reserve two hours each day, except for Sunday, to offer scheduled appointments and walk-in services exclusively for health care workers and first responders at all MVC locations.
Under Bucco’s bill, a person must provide proof that they are a frontline worker to be eligible for an appointment during the special two hour period.
“This common-sense measure will make the process of registering a vehicle or renewing a license more efficient and less time consuming for all healthcare workers,” added Bucco. “It’s the least we can do for the heroes who heeded the call and continue to put themselves at risk during our time of need.”
If enacted, the legislation would take effect immediately and expire upon the conclusion of the declared public health emergency related to COVID-19.