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Gov. Sandoval Appoints New Business Agency Director

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 1:44 pm October 29th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval today announced he has appointed Bruce Breslow as director of the Department of Business and Industry, effective November 12. Breslow is currently Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“Bruce’s people-first approach to problem solving has helped pioneer a new era for customer service at the DMV,” Sandoval said. “His innovative thinking has led to the development of mobile applications, the placement of DMV self service kiosks at grocery stores throughout the state and a reduction in wait times for customers at the DMV. I am confident that Bruce’s leadership and customer-first mentality will be an invaluable asset to B&I.”

DMV chief Bruce Breslow. / Nevada News Bureau.

Breslow takes over the agency from Terry Johnson, who Sandoval last week named to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The Department of Business and Industry is comprised of fourteen regulatory agencies, 635 employees and a combined budget of $119 million. A multitude of industries are regulated by the department, including insurance, transportation, financial institutions, and boxing and mixed martial arts, among others.

Sandoval appointed Breslow to head up the DMV in January 2011. He formerly served as the executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects and as commissioner and administrative law judge for the Transportation Services Agency under former Gov. Kenny Guinn.

Troy Dillard has been named interim director at the DMV. A native Nevadan, he was employed with the Nevada Department of Public Safety from 1989 until 2004 when he transferred to the DMV as an administrator. In 2011, Dillard was appointed to the position of deputy director with the DMV.

Nevada DMV Issues First Autonomous Vehicle License To Google

By Sean Whaley | 11:23 am May 7th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has approved Google’s license application to test autonomous vehicles on Nevada public roads.

It is the first license issued in the United States under new laws and regulations that put Nevada at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development.

After drive testing demonstrations along freeways, state highways and neighborhoods both in Carson City and the busy Las Vegas Strip, the department’s Autonomous Review Committee met to review Google’s safety plans, employee training, system functions and accident reporting mechanisms.

The committee approved the application and is now creating the state’s first autonomous testing business license and license plates for the international company.  The license plates displayed on the test vehicle will have a red background and feature an infinity symbol on the left side.

“I felt using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the ‘car of the future,’ ” said department Director Bruce Breslow. “The unique red plate will be easily recognized by the public and law enforcement and will be used only for licensed autonomous test vehicles. When there comes a time that vehicle manufactures market autonomous vehicles to the public, that infinity symbol will appear on a green license plate.”

Google's self-driving car navigates the Strip. / Photo courtesy of Nevada DMV.

Google was the first company to file an application with the department to test their autonomous system. Other auto manufacturers have indicated their desire to test and develop autonomous technology in Nevada in the future.

Brian Sandoval became the first governor in the nation to be “taken for a ride” in Google’s self-driving car during a demonstration in July 2011.

Sandoval went for a ride in the modified Toyota Prius from the capital city halfway through the Washoe Valley before returning to the Department of Motor Vehicles office where the car and a duplicate were on display.

“It’s incredibly impressive,” Sandoval said at the time. “It accounts for all the safety issues. You have the ability to know who is front of you. You have a 360-degree consideration of everything around you. It even tells you when a crosswalk is coming up.”

 

 

Nevada Lawmakers Approve Regulations For First In Nation Self-Driving Vehicles

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 1:30 pm February 15th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Nevada took a bold step forward today as lawmakers approved regulations allowing for the operation of self-driving vehicles on the state’s roadways.

The first in the nation regulations were approved by the Legislative Commission, and could provide for economic development opportunities in Nevada.

“Nevada is the first state to embrace what is surely the future of automobiles,” Department of Motor Vehicles Director Bruce Breslow said. “These regulations establish requirements companies must meet to test their vehicles on Nevada’s public roadways as well as requirements for residents to legally operate them in the future.”

In creating the regulations, the department partnered with Google, automobile manufacturers, testing professionals, insurance companies, universities and law enforcement all with a common vision of saving lives. Several other states currently have bills in front of their legislators that will follow Nevada into the future.

Google has developed a self-driving car and gave Gov. Brian Sandoval and other state officials rides in one of their vehicles in the capital in July, 2011.

Nevada became the first state in the nation to legalize the use of driverless vehicles with legislation passed this past session.

Gov. Brian Sandoval was the first governor in the nation to go for a ride in Google's autonomous car in July, 2011. / Nevada News Bureau file photo.

“Our work doesn’t stop here,” Breslow said. “The department is currently developing licensing procedures for companies that want to test their self-driving vehicles in Nevada. Nevada is proud to be the first state to embrace this emergent technology and the department looks forward to sustaining partnerships as the technology evolves.”

Breslow said self-driving vehicles will be distinguished as “autonomous test vehicles” by the red license plates they will display. When the technology is ready for general public use, a green license plate will be displayed on vehicles registered with autonomous technology.

Sandoval went for a ride in Google’s modified Toyota Prius from the capital city halfway through the Washoe Valley before returning to the Department of Motor Vehicles office where the car and a duplicate were on display.

“It’s incredibly impressive,” Sandoval said after the trip. “It accounts for all the safety issues. You have the ability to know who is front of you. You have a 360-degree consideration of everything around you. It even tells you when a crosswalk is coming up.”

$27.6 Million Contract Will Bring High Tech Kiosks To Grocery Stores For DMV Transactions

By Sean Whaley | 2:13 pm August 15th, 2011

CARSON CITY – The state Board of Examiners today approved a 10-year, $27.6 million contract to install kiosks in grocery stores statewide where Nevadans will be able to renew car registrations, extend drivers licenses and perform other tasks that might otherwise require a trip to a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

The contract with Intellectual Technology Inc. will be paid for by charging fees to those using the kiosks, $1 for all transactions but car registration renewal, which will run $3, said Bruce Breslow, director of the DMV. The state is currently paying the company $5 for each car registration renewal, but the amount users will pay was reduced in the new contract.

DMV chief Bruce Breslow explains a new kiosk contract to the Board of Examiners today. / Photo: Sean Whaley, Nevada News Bureau.

The purpose of the kiosks is to simplify DMV transactions for the public while at the same time reducing the need for staff to operate the state’s multiple DMV offices,  he said. DMV offices may close at 5 p.m., but a kiosk in a grocery store will be accessible 24 hours a day, Breslow said.

“Let’s say you live out in Summerlin,” he said. “By the time you get in your car, take the freeway, find the DMV office, wait in line at the DMV, get back in your car and negotiate the traffic to get back there, that’s two hours of your life plus a couple of gallons of gas. So certainly a dollar is a better alternative than that.”

The state expects to add 40 kiosks at stores around the state in the first two years of the contract, most in Southern Nevada where the DMV wait times are usually longer than in other locations. More kiosks may be added if there is demand.

The new kiosks are expected to be available beginning next spring. The state has 27 kiosks now, most located in DMV offices, but some services, such as renewing a driver’s license, are not yet available using the existing machines, he said.

The board, made up of Gov. Brian Sandoval, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Secretary of State Ross Miller, approved the contract.

Sandoval asked for a presentation on the contract because of the size of the agreement.

“This number is very large, but instead of an expense for the state, this is actually a savings for the state,” Breslow said.

The current kiosk program subsidizes the cost of each transaction from the state highway fund, he said. The Legislature changed this to allow the fee to be charged to the user for the convenience of using the kiosk, Breslow said.

“So we’re hoping to take about 12 percent of the line, of the people that are currently coming to the DMV, and making it a lot more convenient for them not to have to come to our building, and to do it in their neighborhoods,” he said. “But we have a lot of education to do.”

A lot of the stores that will be hosting the kiosks will be getting the message out to the public that the DMV services will be available at their establishments, Breslow said.

Sandoval complimented Breslow for reducing wait times at DMV offices, as well as the feature on the agency’s website that shows the wait times at the different offices.

Breslow said many DMV tasks can be accomplished using the agency’s website, but that usage has topped out at about 33 percent for on-line activity. Some people prefer the kiosks, which can also provide information in Spanish, he said.

Breslow said the new machines won’t take cash, but they will take credit and debit cards and will scan a check as well.

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Breslow says a $1 fee is cheaper than spending time on the freeway to wait in line at a DMV office:

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New DMV Director Says “DMV In A Box” Proposal Will Revolutionize Service

By Andrew Doughman | 4:56 pm February 2nd, 2011

CARSON CITY – Long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles could be a thing of the past under a new proposal.

The new director of the state’s DMV plans to ask the Legislature to pass a bill that would allow 80 new, self-service kiosks in many Nevada neighborhoods.

The director, Bruce Breslow, who has been on the job for less than a month, has said that the “DMV in a box” program would “revolutionize” how the state offers services.

“That is our way of adding another 80 DMV offices to the state of Nevada without adding any new costs to the state,” he said.

The program would be self-funded through what Breslow called “convenience fees.”

Customers could go to strategically-placed kiosks throughout Nevada – at university campuses, city centers, retail centers – to access kiosks where they could pay for and print car registration tabs and driver’s records. In the future, customers could renew licenses at kiosks and even take driver’s license photos.

Breslow billed the program as a way to beat long lines and save a drive to a distant DMV office. If the kiosks become popular, they would further reduce lines at DMV offices since more people would be using kiosks.

The caveat here is that customers can already access many services – for free – on the DMV’s website.

Breslow, however, said that the kiosks would reach customers who can’t afford or do not know how to use a computer.

The kiosk would also print a license plate decal immediately whereas customers would use the DMV’s website would have to wait several days for the decal to arrive by mail.

Breslow testified before a legislative budget committee, where he stressed that the program would cost no money to the state.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has proposed to cut spending in many sectors including K-12 and higher education and health and human services in his $5.8 billion budget.

Legislators, maybe understandably, may be averse to any new spending proposals when they are struggling with ways to maintain services at current levels.

Breslow said he would have vendors bid for a contract to supply the machines, some of which could be on the ground by May, 2012.

As a more immediate way to reduce lines at current offices, Breslow also said that the DMV website will soon be hosting live wait times at offices. This will allow customers to check wait times at home before deciding to make a trip to a DMV office.

For the kiosks, the vendors would recoup the cost of manufacturing, installing and maintaining the kiosks via “convenience fees.”

Breslow said that he hopes the fees would be low because the vendors may lower their bids to win a contract for so many kiosks.

“We’re hoping that by having quite a few new kiosks, that would compel them to lower their transaction fees,” he said.

Right now, the state levies $1 fees for printing drivers’ records and about $5 for printing car registration tabs.

The state currently operates 27 kiosks, 17 of which are inside of DMV offices.

At a technical level, the proposal would move the kiosk program to a new, self-funding program. The kiosks are currently funded through revenue from the DMV’s share of the state’s Highway Fund.

Use of the state’s current kiosks has increased year by year with 353,000 transactions during fiscal year 2009, according to the DMV.

Nevada’s Legislature convenes Feb. 7.

Yucca Mountain Legal Mess Worsens

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:55 pm April 9th, 2010

According to the executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, Bruce Breslow, this week saw some unexpected and interesting new developments in the ongoing litigation process related to the Yucca Mountain License application.

“The matter is becoming increasingly complicated,” said Breslow.

Nevada had been in the middle of the Yucca Mountain License Application hearing process when on March 3, 2010, the Department of Energy (DOE) made a motion to withdraw the license with prejudice.

“When that happened, it took many people and entities by surprise,” said Breslow.

As a result of the DOE motion to withdraw, the states of Washington and South Carolina, as well as Aiken County S.C., a native American tribe from Michigan, and three gentleman from Hanford, Wa., each filed motions to oppose the DOE motion to withdraw the license for Yucca.

All motions were made to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Atomic Safety and Construction Authorization Board (CAB) before which the licensing hearings were being held.

At approximately the same time, the state of South Carolina, Aiken County and the plaintiffs from Hanford filed lawsuits against the DOE in federal court in order to stop the license withdrawal from taking place. Those lawsuits are scheduled to be heard in the the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington D.C.

But parties to the matter were again surprised when the NRC’s CAB this Tuesday issued an order stating, among other things, that they would suspend the entire process and withhold decisions on the five new petitions to intervene as well as the DOE’s motion to withdraw, pending further developments in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Yesterday, two parties asked the Court of Appeals for an “expedited schedule,” and the court asked for comments from Nevada on that issue by Monday at 4 p.m.

At the same time, a letter was sent to the Court of Appeals by the DOE and legal counsel for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission informing the Court that the DOE will appeal the latest order from the CAB to the full Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday.

“We do not know what the DOE will say in their appeal,” said Breslow. “But since the CAB “punted” on the hearing, the DOE may ask the NRC to overturn the CAB and continue to the process. Or the NRC could interject itself into the process and consider the interventions and the DOE’s original motion to withdraw with prejudice.”

The NRC informed the appeals court that the CAB order was only “an interlocutory order of an administrative hearing tribunal within the NRC and does not necessarily reflect the views of the NRC Commission itself.”

“The NRC Commission is the final decision maker in the administrative process,” said Breslow. “Nevada will file comments with the U. S. Court of Appeals on Monday as requested.”

In another new development today, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) filed a late motion to join the federal appeals court lawsuits. Whether or not they are admitted, since they filed late, will be up to the appeals court, said Breslow.