Is this an anniversary to celebrate?
Before getting to the fun part, I should admit up front that the state Motor Vehicle Administration is a necessary agency that plays a vital roles in enhancing the safety of Maryland roads. That being said, it is the government bureaucracy that everybody loves to hate, so the announcement that the MVA is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary begs the question: How many folks are still in line from then?
MVA spokesman Buel Young was kind enough to remind me that the anniversary is coming up July 1, a century after the Maryland Office of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles came into existence July 1, 1910. Its original function was to regulate the safety of vehicles.Vehicle and driver licensing actually began earlier under the supervision of the Secretary of State.
As part of the celebration, the MVA will hold an exhibition of 100 years of automobiles -- from the antique to the contemporary -- at its Glen Burnie headquarters, 6601 Ritchie Highway N.E. on Saturday, June 12, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will start with the arrival of 100 motorcycles -- with models from each of the agency's decades of existence -- at the headquarters.
There should be plenty of ways to spice up such an event, such as an ugly driver's license picture contest or a surliest clerk competition. What could be more fun than a day at the MVA. At least they're promising to have folks out of there in four hours.