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Gov.’s Office: Picture of your registration is just fine

ELECTRONIC COPIES ARE GOOD ENOUGH: Last week’s column included readers concerned about identity theft wanting to supply cellphone pics rather than leave their registration and insurance cards in their vehicle, and state law requiring paper copies of vehicle registration.

What a difference a week makes.

Nora Meyers Sackett, deputy press secretary for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, got with both the Taxation and Revenue Department, which oversees the Motor Vehicle Division, and the Department of Public Safety, aka State Police, and says that “regarding electronic copies of one’s vehicle registration, TRD’s and DPS’ assessment is that nothing in the law prevents use of electronic copies. Section 66-3-13 NMSA 1978 simply requires that the division issue such registration and that the vehicle owner sign the registration and exhibit it upon demand. New Mexico State Police officers do accept electronic copies of documentation individuals normally carry in their cars, including vehicle registrations.”

AND MORE ON THAT EMISSIONS CHECK WEBSITE: After a March 11 column item mentioned being able to check your vehicle emissions status online, Laura Highfill emails that it doesn’t work as advertised.

“I just renewed a 2016 vehicle online. No message showing emissions required came up, and I was allowed to renew.”

Good so far, because as described vehicle owners only get a notice if they need to renew their emissions certificate, which Bernalillo County residents have to do every two years.

But.

Laura adds that “because another vehicle we owned had registration revoked due to expired emissions, I thought I’d check my car. It said emissions was NOT needed, but in small print showed the emissions had expired in April 2018! I got my emissions done and checked online a day or two later and it had updated properly. Their system is definitely not functioning the way it should.”

There’s clearly a disconnect, but the city environmental health official explained you are only supposed to get a message if there’s an issue, which in Laura’s case happened because there was.

Here’s hoping web officials can get all the messages to vehicle owners in the same lane.

CENTRAL NEEDS SOME PAVING TLC: Martinez-dave asks in an email if “there any plans by the city to rehab the pavement on East Central from about Dorado to Louisiana both east- and west-bound. There are numerous sunken pavement cuts, bumps and potholes and just plain worn-out asphalt that hasn’t been touched in 20 to 30 years. The intersection at Juan Tabo and Central alone with all the broken asphalt is a hazard for motorcyclists and bicyclists.”

Yes and no.

Johnny Chandler, who handles information for the city of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development, says DMD “does have a time frame for road rehabilitation for Central Avenue from Louisiana to Eubank. Central Avenue from Wyoming to Eubank is scheduled for this summer. Central Avenue from Louisiana to Wyoming is scheduled for the summer of 2020. Central from Eubank to Dorado has not been scheduled at this time.”

Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays. Reach her at 823-3858; dwestphal@abqjournal.com; or 7777 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87109.

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