Back in 2016, as part of an effort to speed up wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Agency offices, the MVC eliminated the $1.50 convenience fee motorists were charged for a variety of online services, including registration renewals.

A few months ago, the convenience fee was quietly reinstated.

Now a Jersey lawmaker is pushing a plan to have the fee eliminated for good.

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney, R-Passaic, said his legislation would permanently eliminate any motor vehicle fees that are typically different from what you’re charged when you go to a motor vehicle agency.

“Long lines are always something you have to deal with. We need to do everything in our power to have residents of the state of New Jersey be able to do as much online as possible without paying additional fees," he said.

Rooney said that in a high tax state like New Jersey, “where it’s difficult to get around, between NJ Transit problems, the potholes, we need to do everything in our power to make it more convenient for using that service.”

A spokesman for the MVC declined to comment on how much money the reinstatement of the convenience fee, now called a service fee, is expected to generate.

Rooney said that eliminating the convenience fee does not affect New Jersey’s bond rating and the idea is getting approval from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities committee for consideration.

You can contact reporter David Matthau at David.Matthau@townsquaremedia.com