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Contact: Mike Horan
Cathleen Lewis
Kevin Cranston
RELEASE: January 17, 2008


Comprehensive Overhaul Yields New MVC Driver Manual
New, updated content designed to better prepare future drivers
– Working toward its goal of providing future motorists with the tools necessary to prepare them for a lifetime of safe and responsible driving, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) today unveiled the latest version of the New Jersey Driver Manual. The new manual was published following a yearlong effort to overhaul its content and ensure that it provides readers comprehensive motor vehicle information.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is for prospective drivers to have the proper tools to ensure a lifetime of safe driving,” said MVC Chief Administrator Sharon Harrington. “Revamping the driver manual was a major undertaking for the MVC, but it is critical that we ensure that potential drivers, young and old, are well informed. It is not just about providing information to pass the knowledge test. It is about preparing motorists for the rest of their lives behind the wheel.”

The new and improved New Jersey Driver Manual, which has an updated look and a more manageable size, contains updated information covering motor vehicle laws and regulations, as well as new content not offered in previous manuals. Chapters of the new driver manual are organized in a logical and easily accessible manner. Content upgrades include enhanced information on pedestrian safety, details of the new cell phone law that begins March 1, and detailed coverage of the 6 Point ID Verification Program requirements. Some of the driver manual’s newest features include easy-to-read, color-coded chapters, the inclusion of New Jersey Statute citations throughout the manual, and a useful moving violation points table.

The driver manual will also be of great value to experienced, licensed drivers. Containing useful information such as a county-by-county facility services chart, vehicle inspection information, and a chapter that specifically addresses essential driver information topics such as license renewal, correction and replacement, the manual is a resource for new and experienced drivers alike.

Efforts to revamp the driver manual began following a survey that was sent to driver education teachers around the state in late 2006. The survey was used to gather opinions and comments on various elements of the driver manual. From content and clarity to the physical layout of the publication, the more than 100 comments received were used by MVC professionals to plan changes to the driver manual.

“Time and time again we heard from driver education professionals around the state who offered suggestions for improvements, and so we began the much-needed overhaul of this indispensable publication,” noted Harrington. “As the primary tool in a driver education class, it is not only important that the manual be as thorough as possible, but also easy for the reader to navigate and find essential information.”

Taking a thorough, chapter-by-chapter approach, the MVC’s driver manual team, which consisted of staff from various areas of the organization, including Driver Testing Support, Agency Services, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Inspection Services and the General Information Contact Center, reviewed the content of several past editions of the driver manual in order to develop a new version that fully met the needs of New Jersey drivers.

During the process, the team also relied upon critical input from outside sources, such as driving school and law enforcement professionals, who reviewed content and offered suggestions prior to publication. Government partners such as the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and the State Department of Transportation also contributed to the final product.

In addition to the print version of the manual, a downloadable file is available on the MVC Web site at www.njmvc.gov. The MVC is also preparing to launch an online, interactive version of the driver manual within the month to compliment the print version. Additionally, a Spanish-language translation of the manual is presently underway and should be available to customers later this year.