TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY: I am vetoing Assembly Bill 833 in its entirety. This bill permits the Department of Transportation to contract with third parties to conduct skills tests for Class D vehicle operators. Class D includes most noncommercial vehicles except motorcycles.
I agree that the department needs to take action to address long waiting periods for skills tests administered by its Division of Motor Vehicles, especially in southeastern Wisconsin. I do not believe, however, that the program created under this bill is in the best interests of the state's citizens. The Division of Motor Vehicles is uniquely positioned to provide this service to the state's residents. The department would be unable to guarantee the quality and consistency of skills testing offered by third parties, which could put unsafe drivers on our roads and jeopardize our citizens and visitors to our state. Respectfully submitted, JIM DOYLE Governor