Mayor Smith Protests Closing of Part of Motor Vehicle Office Dealing With Suspensions and Restorations

Mayor Mark A. Smith wrote to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to protest its decision to close that section of the Bayonne MVC bureau that deals with license suspensions, restorations, and surcharges. Mayor Smith said he was “disappointed” to learn of the decision, which closed the only such MVC service in Hudson County. “To make maters worse,” Smith said, “we learned of your decision by reading about it in the newspaper.”
Describing the impact of the MVC’s decision, Mayor Smith wrote to MVC Chief Administrator Raymond Martinez, “Perhaps you are unaware that Hudson is the most densely populated county in the state. The hardship placed upon our residents having to travel to Newark, Wayne, or Paterson to clear up a suspension is very significant when you consider that the people needing these services are unable to drive.” Smith continued, “Many of those affected are barely making ends meet in this difficult economy and can hardly afford to take a day off to journey to Essex or Passaic Counties.”
Smith concluded, “We remain unaware of the reason for your decision, but we do know it will make life difficult for many people here in Hudson County. I urge you to reconsider your decision to eliminate these important services”