Cuomo Administration Drops Plan To Charge Fee For New License Plates

Erica Brosnan
September 17, 2019 - 6:57 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Cuomo administration on Tuesday walked back on a plan to charge New Yorkers for new license plates.

A new Siena College poll found that 75% of respondent felt a $25 fee for the new plates was unfair.

When the Department of Motor Vehicles unveiled the new plate design, it was revealed that vehicle owners with license plates 10-years-old or older would be issued new ones after paying the fee.

They would have been required to eventually get the new plates as some older plates are undetectable by automatic tolling technology.

Many New Yorkers and some lawmakers called the fee a “cash-grab” by the Cuomo administration.

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A spokesman said Tuesday that the proposal has been dead for weeks and the state would be seeking different methods to ensure all license plates can be tracked by toll readers.

The spokesperson said the college spent its time polling “outdated information.”

The new license plate – which features the motto “excelsior” with images of the Statue of Liberty, New York City skyline and Niagara Falls – will officially be available to drivers in April 2020.