The new proposed fees include a $10 increase from the present $50 charge for personal vehicle registrations to $60; a $15 increase in the license/learner’s application and road test fee from $20 to $35; and, a $6 increase in the annual vehicle inspection test charge from $29 to $35.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has to balance its budget through its own revenues under a finance law passed in 2013. Because the MassDOT has a projected income shortfall of $55 million in maintaining the current service level, it proposes to raise the three most common fees collected by the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).
The MassDOT projects that the new fee structure will generate somewhere between $55 million and $63 million in additional revenue for Fiscal Year 2015. If the proposed fees are approved they will go into effect on July 1, 2014.
The RMV last increased the registration fee in 2009. The vehicle inspection fee and the road test fee have not been raised since 1999, and 2004, respectively.
The RMV to hold hearings on fee increases
The RMV will hold a series of public meetings during the month of May on the proposed changes to its fee structure for certain RMV services. MassDOT says the increased fees will help the Department make needed customer improvements and investments in the Commonwealth’s transportation system. More importantly, it was also close a projected $55 million budget gap it has for Fiscal Year 2015.
How the public can participate in the RMV meetings
The following is a list of the meetings the RMV will hold across the Commonwealth during the month of May 2014. Please note there is one public hearing taking place on May 22nd at 10AM. The RMV noted that anyone interested in having their opinion heard will be given an opportunity to present their comments either orally or in writing any the following meetings.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 6pm-8pm
Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission, 2 Washington Square, 2nd Floor, Worcester, MA
Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 10am-1pm (Public hearing)
State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 3rd Floor – MBTA Board Room, Boston, MA
Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6pm-8pm
State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms, Boston, MA
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 6pm-8pm
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA
Can’t make it to a meeting? Another way to voice your opinion
For those who won’t be able to make any of the above meetings but would still like to make their voice heard, the RMV will accept written comments from the public either by mail or email during their comment period which officially close on Tuesday, May 27th.
Written comments can be mailed to the following address:
MASSDOT Legal Department
10 Park Plaza, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Emailed comments may be sent directly to: Willam.McVey@state.ma.us