Will the NYS DMV close due to Winter Storm Warning?

>>> CLICK HERE TO CHECK NYS DMV WEBSITE FOR CLOSINGS

The National Weather Service posted the following alert for the NYC area and Southern NY State for late Wednesday night into Thursday, February 9th, 2017:

WINTER Storm Warning IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow...which is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 PM EST Thursday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Accumulations: 6 to 10 inches of snow.

Locations: New York City, Long Island, Southern Connecticut, the Lower Hudson Valley and Northeastern New Jersey.

Hazard type...Heavy snow.

Timing: Late tonight through Thursday.

Impacts: Hazardous travel due to snow covered roads and poor visibilities. Blowing and drifting snow is possible.

Winds: North 10 to 20 mph with gusts 30-35 mph.

Visibilities: 1/2 to 1/4 mile at times.

Temperatures: Around 30.

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning for Heavy Snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight...food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

 

Will the NY State DMV close down local offices so as to not endanger motorist by forcing them to go to scheduled hearings?  

Decision Maker: The DMV Commissioner who decides is primarily based in Albany, our state capital. I sometimes get the feeling that upstate officials scuff at how New York City residents let "a little snow," affect them.  The Commissioner is most likely worrying about how much money the state will lose if they don't have hearings (every guilty motorist brings in hundreds of dollars) and the salaries that are paid to staff even if they get sent home.  The DMV Commissioner is not likely weighing the danger and inconvenience to the public with each inch of snow that falls during a dangerous winter storm warning.

Default Strategy: "Don't Tell Anyone Anything Until it is Too Late to be Helpful." Snow forecasts can change. Imagine if you decide to close the DMV and then it just 1/2 inch of snow comes down.  You ended up losing the state thousands if not millions of dollars in revenues. Most bureaucrats and politicians will wait up to the absolute last minute before announcing they are closing offices, schools, facilities-- just to make sure it really will snow so much.

What Really Ends up Happening: From my past 19 years of working at the DMV, major snow storms will almost never result in the motor vehicles closing.  What usually happens is that they will just open the Traffic Violations Bureau for trials.  

If the DMV does open, you should show up to fight your case.  Many police officers work in NYC but live in the suburbs and will likely call in "sick" or take a "vacation" day. This can only improve your chance of winning your case. Don't get your hopes up too high that you're going to win, though-- if the police department computers notifies DMV that an officer is unavailable due to an "injured indication," it means the Judge will likely make you show up again for a new trial date and will refuse to dismiss your case.  "Injured" evokes an image of a hero cop with President Trump at his hospital bed giving him a medal for bravery-- when in reality your cop is sitting home drinking a hot cocoa having just called in sick.

Lots of motorists will call in and complain during the day.  Eventually, DMV will realize that many people were at a hardship trying to make it in.  They'll usually announce in the late afternoon that they will give new hearing dates to any motorists who missed their appointment.  They'll mail out letters with new appointments to motorists that missed their hearing dates.

If the DMV doesn't give you a break with a new appointment and you missed your hearing date, then DMV will still mail you a letter threatening to suspend your license within 30 days if you don't show up in person to get a new appointment.

So are you feeling lucky? Should you go into your trial?

>>>>>CLICK HERE TO CHECK NYS DMV WEBSITE FOR CLOSINGS

One final option is that if your hearing is scheduled for the first time, you can easily reschedule on the internet (must do this before midnight the day before).  If you answered your ticket late or already rescheduled it, you've got to show up in person and talk to an administrative judge.

>>>>>CLICK HERE TO RESCHEDULE YOUR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS HEARING TO A NEW DATE WITHOUT HAVING TO SHOW UP THE 1ST TIME

 

DMV to NYC, "Let them eat snow."

Snowpocalypse hitting NYC!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

 

>>> CLICK HERE TO CHECK NYS DMV WEBSITE FOR CLOSINGS

DMV Step 1: Major Blizzard is hitting NYC on Monday morning, remember, don't say anything-- Keep those New Yorkers clueless!

The National Weather Service is warning that NYC is going to get hit with a major snow storm.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibility is likely. This will lead to Whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

Did you go to the NYS DMV website link I gave you?  At 9:55 pm, Sunday night prior to the blizzard hitting they have nothing up, yup nothing.

Update: Upto 1 pm on Monday, 1/26/15 nothing showed on the dmv website.

Update: At 3:30 pm on Monday, 1/26/15 dmv website states that all dmv offices in NYC will close at 3 pm (This timely warning must have come out after 1 pm giving dmv clients little warning of the closure.).  At 3:30 pm, however, dmv is still not disclosing if offices will be open or closed on Tuesday, 1/27/15 during the brunt of the blizzard.


So the question becomes will the NY State DMV close down local offices so as to not endanger motorist by forcing them to go to scheduled hearings?  Wouldn't it be better to free up the police officers to work on blizzard related duties than less important traffic hearings?

The decision to keep offices open or to close them are made by the DMV Commissioner who decides from Albany.  To tell you the truth, the Commissioner isn't calculating the total amount of snowfall in inches or the danger to the public-- he's calculating how much money will be lost in revenues by not having hearings and salaries that get paid when there is a shutdown.

 

DMV Step 2: Keep the DMV open and make all the motorist come in to get guilty convictions and squeeze as much money out of them as humanely possible.

From my past 14 years of working at the DMV, major snow storms will almost never result in the motor vehicles closing or postponing trials.  What usually happens is that they will keep everyone guessing, never inform the public anything, and just open the Traffic Violations Bureau for trials.  

During the storm, a number of officers won't show up because they live outside the city and sensibly called in sick.  Computers will show officers as being injured and the vast majority of cases will be given a new date to show up (Judges rarely dismiss cases when they see that the officer is "injured" on their computer screen which evokes images of a hero holding onto dear life from bullet wounds of a criminal in the ICU when more likely than not-- the officer is home nice and warm and dry taking a sick day drinking some hot apple cider.).  So the joke is on the poor motorists who dragged their butts through a Snowpocalypse only to be told to come back on a later date due to the "injured" officer.

 

DMV Step 3: After maximizing revenues despite the Snowpocalypse-- make it seem like they are really nice guys and reschedule cases via mail for anyone who missed their appointments.

At the end of the day after trials are conducted bringing in revenues to the state (and they don't have to pay employees for staying home)-- they feel bad about the complaints and all the phone calls they got and decide to give new appointments to all motorists who stayed home and missed their hearings.  Letters get sent out and in 2 or 3 days all the motorists who stayed home get their new appointment dates.  

Now you are taking a big risk here because if they don't decide to give motorists a break; the computer system will just kick out thousands of suspension notices to the motorists for having missed their hearings during a Snowpocalypse.

So are you feeling lucky? Should you go into your trial?

>>>>>CLICK HERE TO CHECK NYS DMV WEBSITE FOR CLOSINGS

One final option is that if your hearing is scheduled for the first time, you can easily reschedule on the internet so long as you do it before midnight on the day prior to your trial.  If you answered your ticket late or already rescheduled it, you've got to show up in person and talk to an administrative judge.

>>>>>CLICK HERE TO RESCHEDULE YOUR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS HEARING TO A NEW DATE WITHOUT HAVING TO SHOW UP THE 1ST TIME

You can ignore all the bureaucratic confusing language and just go to the bottom left of the page and click on, "Go to Transaction" to enter your personal information that then allows you to reschedule from the comfort of your home.

Ebola Panic hits Da Bronx DMV!

Today, Friday, October 17th, 2014 at approximately 9 am, a motorist came into the Bronx Department of Motor Vehicles Traffic Violations Bureau to get an appointment for a summons.

He told the judge he had “returned from Africa” and that he was “feeling ill for the last 6 days”...

After he left, one or two clerks were taking common sense precautions and wearing blue latex gloves and disinfecting the room with what appeared to be an all purpose cleaner.

Clerks wearing latex blue gloves as a precaution after motorist claimed to be sick and from Africa.

Clerks wearing latex blue gloves as a precaution after motorist claimed to be sick and from Africa.

 

By the end of the day approximately half of the staff was wearing the fashionable blue latex gloves.  

 

Room #1 was closed off to the public (Rumor has it that the police officers that would have worked in the room later in the day didn’t want to appear there for hearings forcing the closure.  Other rumors circulated that the staff was investigating which officers had been in the room earlier during the time the motorist was in the room.).

Room 1 was closed in the late afternoon with no explanation to general public.

Room 1 was closed in the late afternoon with no explanation to general public.

Don't even think of entering this room!

Don't even think of entering this room!

 

 

When a motorist misses an appointment or wants to reschedule his case, he usually gets on the general information line and is then sent to "Room 1" where a judge grills him or her and then if an adequate justification is given-- approves a new appointment.  Administrative Judges in order to give appointment reschedules usually demand some sort of justification: need to get a witness to appear, for evidence, to hire an attorney, illness, job conflicts, picking up child from school conflicts, etc.

Illness is a fairly common excuse that is given.  The question we have to be concerned about today is whether the motorist was just giving a typical excuse (made up, minor illness) or whether he truly was ill?  He could be a sneaky livery driver that figured he could just hint at illness along with his country of origin and just get "over" faster and quicker on the system with the judge just giving him a new appointment just to get rid of him quicker.

If the motorist truly was sick and he had indeed just returned from west Africa— Was he being responsible showing up at the Bronx DMV even if there is a small possibility he has the Ebola virus?  Do we have a Thomas Eric Duncan in the Bronx?  Was this anonymous motorist acting like Typhoid Mary— more worried about his driving license than his health or the health of others around him?

 If it really was a "sick motorist" that had returned from a region affected by the ebola virus-- then what are the proper procedures any large institution should follow?  Room #1 usually has 100 to 300 motorists come in daily and stand in the same spot in front of the judge as the sick motorist that caused the blue latex glove fashion trend at the DMV today.  The Bronx DMV building itself has 3,000 motorist enter and exit on a daily basis. Do you close the room and clean it with an all purpose cleaner? Do you close the entire building? Do you call supervisors in Albany? A local hospital? How do we protect NY police? How do you protect and inform employees as to what are the proper safety steps are? Fire drills? Crazy gun owner drill? Biological virus drill anyone?

Is this unjustified panic?  The motorist according to accounts said “Africa,” not a specific region of Africa or one of the specific countries affected by the Ebola virus.  Just another day of drama at "Da" Bronx DMV...

If you were a motorist exiting the parking lot of the Bronx Department of Motor Vehicles today, the parking lot attendant collected the parking fee and handed over your change while wearing the same blue latex gloves that DMV personal had during the day.

We don't accept bills over $20 or your Ebola virus, thank you, have a nice day!

We don't accept bills over $20 or your Ebola virus, thank you, have a nice day!

Post Mortem:  Monday, October 20th, 2014-- The blue latex gloves are gone.  Room #1 is open to the public and processing cases like any typical day. The Bronx DMV is back to normal: an efficient institution processing hundreds of drivers with traffic tickets, cars being registered, ID's renewed...

To find out more about the ebola virus and educate yourself, check out the wiki link by clicking here:

Wiki Ebola Link

Snow Alert: DMV's in NYC will Reschedule Appointments If You Miss Your February 13th, 2014 Traffic Court Appointment

Just got confirmation from the Senior Judge that if you have a case set for trial today, February 13th, 2014 and you can't make it to the DMV-- they will send out letters to you with a new rescheduled court date.  Stay nice and warm at home and wait for your new hearing date to come in the mail.

 

If you can still make it to the DMV, it is open and you can still fight your case.  If you are lucky, maybe your cop won't make it and your case can be dismissed!  Good luck!

Will the DMV Traffic Violations Bureau close due to snow storm?

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I wrote an earlier blog entry on this topic.  The short answer is that in New York City, the Traffic Violations Bureau will likely be open despite any major snow storm because it brings in lots of money from motorist fines.

If the storm is significant and they see a that major numbers of motorist don't show, they sometimes will mail you a new appointment for the hearing you missed.  If they think it was not a major storm, they'll mail you a suspension warning stating you missed your hearing.  Best thing is to check the dmv website link above and go to your hearing if you have one.

There is a big benefit in showing up to your hearing in a major snow storm because the absentee rate of the police officers is higher-- if you get lucky, your case will be dismissed because the officer didn't show up.

You can also simply reschedule your case if you have never done so before from the comfort of your home if you do it before midnight the night prior to your trial at the dmv website link below for rescheduling:

>>>>>>>> CLICK HERE TO RESCHEDULE YOUR NYC HEARING DATE

Drive safe and good luck!

Bronx DMV will be open on Election Day, however no trials

CLICK HERE TO CHECK FOR NYS DMV CLOSINGS ON THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 is election day.  All the DMV's will be open in New York City for regular business (some smaller DMV's will be closed outside of New York City, click the link above to be sure if your dmv is open or closed).  However, because police officers need to be stationed in hundreds of voting locations for security they usually get excused from other less mission critical tasks like testifying at the Traffic Violations Bureau.  The Traffic Violation Bureau will be open as usual if you need to schedule a ticket, pay a fine but there will be no trials taking place since there are no police officers available.  No hearings are traditionally scheduled for elections days to help the police department free up their officers in the service of democracy! Do your part and go out and VOTE!