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Gov. Lamont Appoints Hartford Resident to Lead DMV


By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  A West-End resident in Hartford was appointed to lead Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday appointed Sibongi Magubane as the Commission of DMV. She will begin on April 1, pending consent from the General Assembly.

Magubane is a business executive who has served within Fortune 100 companies, volunteered in civic organizations and earned a reputation for bringing a “fresh approach” to business and agencies, state officials said.

“She’s a sharp, solutions-oriented thinker with a strong business acumen who will bring to state government an innovative approach that works to cut red tape and brings to the DMV the solutions that so many residents of our state are demanding,” said Lamont in a press release.

Currently, Magubane serves as the human resource director with Specialty Transportation, a contractor of the Hartford Board of Education that provides transportation to students.

She previously worked for Aetna as head of information technology strategic planning, head of finance information systems and enterprise management systems. She also worked for Keane and Cigna.

A native of South Africa, she was named by The Network Journal in 2009 as one of the 25 most influential black women in business. She moved to the United States at the age of 9.

Additionally, she is the president of the West End Civic Association/Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, co-chairs Hartford 2000, Inc, a coalition of Hartford’s neighborhood revitalization zones, and serves as board member for Hartford Stage.

“It’s an honor to serve the people of Connecticut as commissioner,” Magubane said. “As a lifelong resident of Connecticut, I look forward to restoring confidence in the DMV. We will improve customer service and efficiency by listening to citizens, seeking new solutions and working closely with all state agencies.”

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DMV to Close Offices in August, Extends Deadlines


Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

MERIDEN — Connecticut residents will soon have unnecessary waits at a DMV office, state officials said Wednesday.

That’s because the Department of Motor Vehicles will close all offices, except driver’s license services, in August while it updates its computer system.

The offices will close from Aug. 11 through Aug. 15. and reopen Aug. 18.

The new computer system will make more services available online to customers, such as reprinting registration certificates and ordering replacement plates, and customers eventually will be able to notify DMV from home of a change of address, DMV officials said.

DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala Jr. said that customers should anticipate longer lines at DMV as it prepares to shut down. But the wait will be worth it because customers “will be able to get out of line and go online for many more services.”

Also, DMV will extend the expiration date for all driver’s licenses, ID cards and vehicle registrations, with no late fee, through Oct. 10.

DMV officials are asking customers to use AAA office for license and ID renewals.

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DMV Ramps Up RoadCheck


WETHERSFIELD – Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Melody A. Currey announced today that 2,230 violations were found during Roadcheck 2011, almost 400 more than last year’s comprehensive three-day commercial vehicle safety event.

DMV Commercial Vehicle Safety enforcement officers, along with the State Police, inspected large trucks and buses at weigh stations, the state’s two casinos and at the roadside of major Interstates. This year’s safety campaign was held in Connecticut from June 7-9.

“The results of Roadcheck show that Connecticut is serious and aggressive about truck safety,” DMV Commissioner Currey said. “Truck and bus drivers and their companies were sent a clear message: safety is paramount. And while this year’s event was successful, we know that commercial vehicle safety enforcement must be a year-round effort.”

This year’s event also produced an increase in the number of vehicles and drivers taken off the road due to significant violations compared to last year.

A total of 120 vehicles were taken out of service due to of critical violations of safety regulations and laws, while 103 were found last year. Officials reported some of the major safety issues found were faulty brakes, cracked frames, securing of cargo, lighting, suspension systems and tires.

Also, 59 drivers were taken off the road for various violations, such as a falsified log book; operating in violation of the limit on hours allowed; and driving without a proper license for the type of vehicle being operated. Last year, 44 drivers were taken off the road during the event.

These numbers stem from inspections of 626 vehicles this year compared to 588 last year.

The Connecticut campaign, which is run through the DMV, is part of the nationwide show of force sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and their various state partners across the country.



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DMV, Others Study Ways To Reduce Multiple Offenders


WETHERSFIELD – The Department of Motor Vehicles plans a special study of license holders with multiple suspensions and violations to review whether changing laws and regulations makes it possible to reduce those numbers of violators.
“As a new Commissioner at DMV, this an issue I think we need to look at closely,”  Commissioner Melody A. Currey said. “We need to determine if DMV can do more,” she added.
Commissioner Currey said that the DMV will study the statistics related to these offenses as well as the current laws and regulations. Part of this examination will include what kinds of other actions can be a deterrent to the behavior leading to multiple suspensions and violations. She expects the study to take about six weeks.

She plans to bring together a study committee of outside representatives including law enforcement, State Police, legislators and prosecutors as well as DMV’s licensing officials, legal and regulatory staff. The Commissioner, the former mayor of East Hartford, also will testify before the legislature’s Transportation Committee on this matter.
At present license holders usually receive a suspension either as a result of a court conviction for a driving offense mandating a suspension or for failing to appear in court on a motor vehicle-related charge. Suspensions can also result from judges’ orders as a condition of bail or probation.
There also are drivers with habitually multiple violations and under certain circumstances DMV can suspend their licenses. State regulation (14-137-82) authorizes a 30-day suspension for a history of unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. Under this section, on the fourth conviction for specific moving violations that occur within a two-year period DMV can impose this 30-day suspension.
At present about 130,000 license holders, about 3 percent of the total number of licensed drivers in the state, are under suspension for various reasons. Most suspensions result from failure to appear in court and as of December 2010 amounted to about 64,000 drivers. Another 19,000 were suspended for failing to satisfy operator re-training. The combined total for both categories is 64 percent of the 130,000 under suspension.
At present nearly 1,000 license holders, included in the 130,000, are under suspension for having six or more points on their licenses. When reaching 10 points a person’s driver license is suspended for 30 days. A change to state law in 1995 allowing mail-in payments made it more difficult for the point system to issue suspensions to those drivers who are habitual offenders.
The following language was added in 1995 to section 14-137a: “ No points shall be assessed for an infraction or any violation specified in subsection (b) of section 51-164n for which the person sends payment of the fine and any additional fees or costs established for such infraction or violation to the Centralized Infractions Bureau in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of section 51-164n.”
These persons may be required to attend operator retraining classes, possibly on multiple occasions, but may not have any points on their driving histories.

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Motor Vehicle Department Releases New Holiday Hours


By Ernie Bertothy, Contributor

WETHERSFIELD – All Department of Motor Vehicles offices will close to the public on Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. and not re-open until Dec. 28, at 8 a.m.

The closing combines both the holiday observance of Christmas, the unpaid furlough time required of all state employees and the regular weekend shutdown of DMV offices.

DMV is advising customers early so that they can plan any necessary visits around this closing time.  With DMV having staggered operating times, these holiday closings and state-required unpaid furlough create a string of consecutive days that the agency does not operate.

While the offices will not be open for transactions, the web site and the automated phone system will be available to obtain information, DMV officials said.

Information about the regular hours of specific DMV offices can be found on the agency web site a tct.gov/dmv or through the DMV telephone center at 860-263-5700 in the Greater Hartford area and 800-842-8222 for the remainder of the state.

Through the website and phone center, customers can find specific information 24 hours a day on a non-driver identification, change of address and change of name.  In addition, they have details regarding vehicle tax questions, records information, forms, emissions, inspections, operator’s licenses, titles and registrations and directions to DMV branch offices and photo license centers.

They also supply details on boating registrations, handicapped driver training, commercial vehicle safety, and instructions on how to file a complaint against a dealer or repairer.


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