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December 12, 2013

Gas tax increasing for road improvements

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NEW CASTLE — A look at the new fees

The increases in fees and fines under the new transportation funding law include:

•Passenger car registration will increase from $36 to $37 in 2015 and to $38 in 2017. After 2018, the increase will be indexed to inflation every two years thereafter.

•Driver’s license fees will increase from $21 to $22 in 2015 and to $23 in 2017. After 2018, the increase will be indexed to inflation every two years thereafter.

•A flat $150 fine, an increase of $125, will be imposed for failure to obey traffic control devices such as a stop sign, traffic light, speed limit sign or a one-way sign. However, no additional fines or surcharges will be levied for a conviction. Effective date is Jan. 1.

•Increases of 50 percent to seven existing surcharges on certain serious moving traffic violations. Effective date is Jan. 1.

•The fine for a lapse in insurance coverage remains at $300. Motorists would have the option to pay a $500 fee in lieu of a 90-day suspension of their vehicle registration. Effective date is Jan. 1, 2015.

•Option for counties to assess a $5 vehicle registration fee, with revenue going to county transportation projects. Effective date is Jan. 1, 2015.

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