The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors today voted to approve an increase to three Registry of Motor Vehicle Division fees that will allow MassDOT to close a projected $55 million budget gap and make needed improvements to the Commonwealth’s transportation system.
“Transportation reform requires a collective approach to improving the Commonwealth’s transportation system,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia J. Blue. “The RMV fees collected will support road and bridge projects, improved customer service and allow MassDOT to properly fund its operating expenses.”
Transportation finance legislation passed by the Legislature in 2013 required MassDOT to generate its “own source” revenue to help fund future budgets.
Under the plan approved by the Board today non-commercial vehicle registration fees for motor vehicles will increase from $50 to $60. There will be no change to commercial registration fees.
Annual motor vehicle inspections will increase to $35, up from $29. The inspection fee was last increased in 1999. One dollar of the increase will be retained by the inspection station that conducts the inspection. The road test fee, a one-time fee for the majority of drivers, will increase to $35, up from $20. Portions of the road test revenue will help support improved customer service for first time drivers.
MassDOT anticipates the new fee structure will generate approximately $55 million to $63 million in Fiscal Year 2015. MassDOT will host public hearings on the fee increases this spring. The new fees will go into effect July 1, 2014.
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