Petition launched to oppose NY license plate fee

Petition launched to oppose NY license plate fee

August 22, 2019 05:51 PM

Another elected leader from the Capital Region is upset about the plan to introduce new license plates in New York. Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, is calling on Gov. Cuomo and the Department of Motor Vehicles to rethink the plan.

“Enough is enough! It’s time to send a message to the Governor, DMV and legislative leaders that taxpayers are tired of the state constantly reaching into people’s wallets and nickel and diming the over-burdened taxpayers of New York State and stop this latest money grab,” Tedisco said in a statement.

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The new license plate design will be introduced starting April 1, 2020. Anyone with  plates that are 10 years old or older will be required to get a new plates when they renew their vehicle registration.

This will mostly impact the blue and white Empire plates initially.

On top of the usual registration fee, there will be an additional $25 fee to get the new plates. If you want to keep your current license plate number, that will cost another $20.

Tedisco has started a petition to oppose the license plate fee. Click here to view the petition.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Schenectady, has introduced a bill that  would ban the state from requiring drivers to replace license plates if they're still in good shape, no matter how old the plates are.

Five different license plate designs were unveiled Monday. Three of them prominently feature images of the Statue of Liberty. Another one shows the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge that recently replaced the Tappan Zee Bridge. The last one shows Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains, the New York City skyline, and a Long Island lighthouse. New Yorkers can click here to vote on the design they like best.


Chris Rooney

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