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Progress Report: Some Motor Vehicle Services Recommendations Addressed; No Action Taken on Outsourcing Mobile Home Regulation, Subsidies from Title Fees, and Rebuilt Vehicle Disclosure, Report No. 02-51, October 2002
 
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  • The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the 2002 Legislature implemented some recommendations made in our January 2001 review of the Licenses, Titles, and Regulations Program.  However, the department did not identify the cost of mobile home manufacturing regulation, estimate its monitoring costs if this activity were privatized, and solicit bids from private entities for providing mobile home manufacturing regulation.
  • In addition, the Legislature considered but did not adopt our recommendations to amend Chs. 319 and 320, Florida Statutes, to revise fees.  Vehicle title and registration fees subsidize activities which are not financially self-supporting, including dealer and manufacturer licensing and regulatory activities, rebuilt motor vehicle inspections, and Vehicle Identification Number verifications.  If these activities were made self-supporting from fees on their users, the Legislature could reduce title and registration fees by an off-setting amount.
  • We suggest as in our 2001 report that the Legislature consider amending s. 319.14, Florida Statutes, to require disclosure to consumers that rebuilt vehicles are not inspected for safety.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 01-03 Justification Review: Motor Vehicle-Related Activities Performed by the Licenses, Titles, and Regulations Program Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, published in January 2001.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Issuance Oversight
Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services
Motor Vehicle Field Operations
Mobile Home Inspections
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV)
Motorist Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-02 Justification Review: Driver License-Related Activities Performed by the Licenses, Titles, and Regulations Program Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, published in January 2001.
  • Report No. 96-41 Review of the Use of Information Technology Within the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, published in January 1997.

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