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Privilege of Driving to Cost More Next Month

Beginning Sept. 1, the costs associated with driving motor vehicles in New York State will be increasing as part of the 2009-2010 New York State Budget. The fee increases were imposed to supposedly help close an enormous deficit in the state’s budget.

Among the increases are those for driver’s license renewals and registration fees. License renewals will increase by 25 percent, up from $50 to $62.50. License renewals are good for eight years. In addition, passenger vehicle registration is up from $44 to $55.

Also, beginning April 1, 2010, all motorists will be required to pay for brand new, reflective license plates at a cost of $25.

New York State Senator Dean Skelos, who voted against the 2009-2010 budget was critical of the increases. “The motor vehicle fee hikes will hit residents in suburban communities the hardest because cars are not a luxury, they are an everyday necessity,” he said. “People depend on them to get to work, go to school, shop and get around their communities. The Democrats who approved these tax increases either don’t understand that or just don’t care. I do, which is why I voted against every one of these tax and fee increases. New Yorkers clearly have had enough.”

In addition, commercial vehicle, trailer, taxi, bus, motorcycle, ATVs and motorboat registrations will also be increasing.

Those who travel throughout the tri-state region have already seen increases imposed by the MTA on the Long Island Railroad, the subway, the buses and tolls for bridges and tunnels.

— Joe Rizza