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New York drivers with out-of-state license plates could soon have to pay their fair share of fees after a City Council member representing Queens recently introduced two bills aimed at plate problems.

Councilman Robert Holden introduced the bills on June 28 with the intention of preventing drivers who live in New York from registering their vehicles in other states or forcing people who recently moved here to re-register their vehicle in New York. Vehicles with out-of-state plates that are in the city for long periods of time can harm the city in several ways, Holden said.

“Out-of-state licensing issues cause everything from parking headaches to the loss of state revenue,” Holden said in a press release. “We need to address these problems, and cracking down on out-of-state license plates is key.”

Holden’s first bill would create a task force across city and state agencies to analyze the issue and come up with the best course of action to deal with out-of-state plates. According to the bill, the task force would consist of five members: the commissioner of the Department of Transportation or their designee to serve as chair, the commissioner of the police department or their designee, the commissioner of the Department of Finance or their designee, one member with relevant expertise appointed by the mayor and one member appointed by the speaker of the Council.

The task force would then convene on a quarterly basis and deliver a report to the mayor and speaker of the Council consisting of the numbers of vehicles owned by New York city residents with and without New York registrations, the number of vehicles that have been issued a violation of the requirement that residents register their vehicles in New York and recommendations of ways to increase compliance with that requirement.

Holden referenced a 2017 article from Crain’s that said out-of-state drivers living in New York could be responsible for $73 million in unpaid parking tickets, $93 million in sales tax revenue, $19 million in under-priced insurance premiums and $1 million in fees that should have been paid for license plates, titles and vehicle registrations as a prime example for his concerns.

“It’s unfair that people who register their vehicles out-of-state are able to take advantage of lower insurance rates at the cost of the taxpayer,” Holden said. “What’s more, these drivers are abusing our infrastructure without paying for it.”

Holden further explained to QNS the different scenarios that could lead to a city driver having a car registered to another state. When someone moves to the city from another state, they have 30 days to re-register their car in New York before they can be penalized, Holden said. But right now, that law is rarely enforced.

Others residents who are originally from other states but purchase a car after moving to New York may seek to register it in their home state if they still have family there to avoid the higher insurance costs. Moreover, people who own a vacation home in another state may seek to register their vehicle in that state for the same reason.

That led to Holden’s second bill, which is a resolution calling upon the New York state Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass legislation that increases the penalties on drivers who improperly register vehicles in another state.

“We need to enforce the 30-day registration requirement, and we need to increase penalties for out-of-state registration fraud to deter individuals from skirting the laws,” Holden said.

The councilman added that police already have license plate readers that can tell when a car has been in the city or state for longer than 30 days.

The two bills have been referred to the Council Committee on Transportation for review.

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joe July 06, 2018 / 01:51PM
Holden is the only councilman that actually focuses on REAL problems that have plagued the area for decades that other hack elected officials, like the one in SE Queens, where this problem is so wide spread, who just ignore it and hangout waiting for photos ops of some lame crap, like street naming ceremonies, as opposed to quality of life issues that affect these communities.
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