Vend­ing ma­chines of­fer a new way to skip DMV wait­ing lines

The Mercury News - - Front Page - — Ch­eryl Klynn, Los Al­tos Gary Richards — Julie Polyn­ice, San Jose — M. Rios, San Jose Con­tact Gary Richards at mr­road­show@ ba­yare­anews­

QHere’s one I hadn’t seen be­fore. I was shop­ping at the Safe­way on DeAnza/ Homestead in Cu­per­tino and no­ticed a bright yel­low vend­ing ma­chine near the Star­bucks kiosk.

It had a video dis­play and was show­ing mes­sages in both English and Span­ish.

It was a DMV vend­ing ma­chine dis­pens­ing li­cense tags and reg­is­tra­tions. It scans your bill, you slide your credit card and voila — it prints your tags.


AA­maz­ing in­deed and an­other way the DMV is mak­ing our lives eas­ier.

These are DMV SelfSer­vice Ter­mi­nals (SST) and they just de­buted at 14 gro­cery stores in the Bay Area.

The kiosks are a con­ve­nient op­tion for those who want their ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion card and li­cense plate tag im­me­di­ately. To com­plete a trans­ac­tion, you’ll need your ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion re­newal no­tice or most re­cent ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion card. All SSTs

Since they de­buted in 2010, more than 6 mil­lion ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion re­newal trans­ac­tions have been com­pleted us­ing these kiosks.

QPlease tell me what needs to be done to get red-light cam­eras in Santa Clara County. Ev­ery day I travel most of San Jose and I can tell you that at most in­ter­sec­tions there is bla­tant running of red lights. And not just when the light was yel­low and turned red. More like when the light has been red and I am the fifth or sixth car to go through.

Now cars wait­ing at the green light do not go when it turns green, fear­ing the red-light run­ner. What needs to be done? Call the mayor, pe­ti­tions?

AThere is no move to in­stall red-light cam­eras in the South Bay, though I hope the leg­is­la­ture will next year ap­prove a test project in San Jose and San Fran­cisco to use speed cam­eras to slow down driv­ers on city streets with a speed limit of 50 mph or less.

QWere my eyes de­ceiv­ing me? I saw a BART train running from Fre­mont to San Jose the other day.

AThe VTA is now test­ing BART trains along the new 10-mile ex­ten­sion. These first trains, which are not car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers yet, will be used to test the com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems, tracks, and soft­ware.

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