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Trenton, NJ
Contact: Mike Horan
RELEASE: February 16, 2007

New Jersey sets course for future of motor vehicle inspections
Draft RFP issued for next generation Enhanced I/M

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator, Sharon A. Harrington, today, announced that New Jersey is moving forward with its effort to improve motor vehicle inspections as the Department of Treasury issued a Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the next generation Enhanced I/M program for this State. The announcement of the Draft RFP marks the culmination of more than a year of coordination between the MVC, the Department of Treasury, the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

"The effort to improve upon the current vehicle inspection program has been a thorough, transparent process,” said Harrington. “The Draft RFP takes New Jersey one step closer to meeting both the future of safety and emission standards and improved convenience for customers.  This document will allow us to gain better insight from those organizations who might be interested in contracting with the State to manage the vehicle inspection program in the future."

On February 9, Harrington joined Attorney General Stuart Rabner and DEP Commission Lisa Jackson for a press conference to announce that New Jersey would rebid the State contract for inspection services. Presently, Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group manages the State’s program through a contract that expires in August of this year.

In 2005, New Jersey contracted with MACTEC Federal Programs, Inc. to develop options for determining and implementing a new motor vehicle inspection system. Following an interim report from MACTEC in December of 2005, Governor Jon Corzine ordered an independent review of the vendor's preliminary findings by retaining WGS Consulting, LLC, led by former Supreme Court Justice Alan B. Handler. Justice Handler's report was completed last fall, while MACTEC’s final report was issued last month.

The Draft RFP may be viewed at the Department of Treasury's Web site at http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/purchase/rfp/Enhanced_Motor_Vehicle_rfp_draft_dpp.pdf  Comments will be accepted through March 2, 2007.