Mattiello Calls on Raimondo to Hold Plans for Expired Vehicle Inspection Charges
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
“An additional $250 fee for an expired sticker is excessive. I support compliance with our laws but also recognize we must not establish roadblocks that keep Rhode Islanders from being able to get back into compliance. I’ve heard from a number of my colleagues about their concerns about how this will adversely affect their constituents. I ask that the governor not to implement this $250 registration reinstatement fee until it can be considered in the next legislative session,” said Speaker Mattiello.
DMV Asks for Registration Suspension
The Division of Motor Vehicles included in its Fiscal Year 2018 budget revised request to the governor a proposal to begin suspending the registrations of those found to have expired inspections starting Jan. 1 thanks to the capabilities of the DMV’s new computer system. Currently, fines for expired inspections are assessed through law enforcement and vehicle stops. Drivers are subject to an $85 fine and potential suspension of their registration for continued noncompliance.
The current fee to reinstate a suspended registration is $250. Since its new computer system went live July 1, the DMV has already begun sending letters to owners of vehicles whose inspections have expired notifying them that they need to have them inspected.
Speaker Mattiello said, while he appreciates the efforts to enforce the law, he asks that the state hold off on implementing such a significant change until after the House Finance Committee has received the revised budget request and can assess the proposal and its impact.
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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