For immediate release:
Sept. 8, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis) today encouraged Hoosiers to check out whether or not they will be receiving a refund from the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) as a result of some of the numerous overcharges made by the agency in recent years.
Forestal said parties can go to http://www.in.gov/bmv/3183.htm to see if they are eligible for a refund, which will come either in the form of a credit that will be used on the next financial transaction they make with the BMV or by applying online to get a check mailed to them. By going to the same site, Forestal said people also can see if they are eligible for a refund as a result of a class-action lawsuit connected with fee overcharges on driver’s licenses.
Forestal issued the following statement:
“One of the ways you go about solving a problem is by admitting the problem, then working to correct it as quickly as possible.
“The BMV has a long, sordid history of mismanagement at the very top of the organization, which has resulted in numerous complaints and lawsuits through the years about millions and millions of dollars in overcharges to motorists across Indiana. Begrudgingly, those same leaders have started to admit their mistakes and are attempting to make amends.
“The mere fact that this site exists demonstrates the necessity for pursuing constant accountability from agencies that are funded through your tax dollars. Justice sometimes isn’t very swift, but it appears to be coming in this particular case.
“I am sure most people will find that they will be getting back only a few dollars from the BMV, but it is important to remember that money was yours to begin with. They were wrong in taking it from you, and you deserve to get it back.”