Rep. Dan Forestal: BMV screw-ups just go on and on and on and on….

February 2, 2015 Dan Forestal

For immediate release:
Feb. 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis) today issued the following statement in the wake of the latest announcement made by the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV):

“Another day, another round of overcharges made by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

“This one involves an estimated $2 million in overcharges, as well as the admission of $13 million in undercharges that will not be pursued.

“If I follow the logic here, if you attempted to live up to your responsibilities as a taxpayer and a motorist, the BMV will get your money back to you…sometime. If you didn’t live up to your responsibilities, don’t worry about it.

“By my figuring, this means the BMV—dubbed the best in America by the governor—has admitted to more than $60 million in mistakes affecting motorists in Indiana…and that doesn’t even count the undercharges mentioned today.

“How are these mistakes, costing Hoosiers millions of dollars, still occurring?

“On several occasions, I have made it clear that I will pursue several means to provide more accountability at the BMV, including regular audits by both the State Board of Accounts and an independent firm. I do not believe the agency can be trusted to oversee its own operations, unless you happen to believe that foxes are the best overseers of henhouses.

“Today’s announcement only strengthens my resolve to pursue these reforms. It is obvious to me now more than ever that a thorough overhaul of the BMV’s policies and procedures is in order here, because if this is an example of the way that the best BMV in the country operates, we’re better off riding horses instead of driving cars.”