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Trumbull Lawmaker Pushes for ‘Consumer-Friendly’ Alternatives to DMV

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield) was among those who testified in support of privatizing the DMV.
State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield) was among those who testified in support of privatizing the DMV. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield), David Rutigliano (R-Trumbull) and John Shaban (R-Weston, Easton, Redding) gave testimony Wednesday in support of the privatization of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

House Bill 5041, An Act Concerning the Privatization of the Department of Motor Vehicles, received a public hearing in the Transportation Committee when House Republican members signed a petition to successfully force a hearing on the bill after the Democratic leadership on the Transportation Committee refused to raise the bill for a public hearing, according to an announcement from the lawmakers.

The proposal would allow the state to expand the types of services that can be performed by private contractors, such as AAA.

Currently, residents can obtain limited license services at AAA but there are many other services such as CDL licensing or title transactions that could be done, according to the release.

“Businesses like AAA are set up with the infrastructure to handle many services that would save money, improve efficiency and serve the public’s need more adequately," said Kupchick.

“It is my hope we take a serious look at ways the state can modernize, streamline, and subcontract portions of this system without creating further burden on the shoulders of our residents,” said Rutigliano.

“The obstacles to service that our residents have had to put up with are absurd,” said Shaban. “We have the resources to run our motor vehicle licensure and management system more efficiently; let’s employ them.”

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