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OT - Attention Michigan motorists - WARNING!
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RayP(MI)    Posted 11-07-2003 at 15:12:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Received the following e-mail today. Thought it would be appropriate to pass on to all my Michigan friends:

Tursday, November 06, 2003 8:36 AM


From John Hiplle Sr.

We received this from our daughter who lives downstate---we were unaware of this new regulation and thought maybe there would be otherCLakers who were unaware of this new regulation also---seems like the state has found another way to make money off of the tax payers!

"Just to WARN everyone....I got caught by the $10.00 tag renewal on 3 vehicles. I went into the DMV on the 14th of Oct to renew my tags.

So this is a heads up.....you no longer have the "month" of your tags (registration) expiration to renew....they must be renewed on or
before the FIRST DAY of the MONTH they expire. (It's on the list below)

The Clerk handed me a little Xerox slip of paper that told me since I didn't renew the tags on or before the 1st of Oct....I was being charged $10.00 per tag late fees.

My comment was - this is really sneaky - The State should warn the people the first year, then apply the fine the next year. I had no knowledge of this fine, before I walked into the DMV. I had gotten a request from the State to renew my tags by mail, and there was nothing in that letter that implied there would be a fine. Didn't work, I got fined $30.00.

http://www.motorists.com/pressreleases/michiganfines.html

New Fees Target Michigan Drivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2003

New Fees Target Michigan Drivers

On October 1, new fees, fines and surcharges aimed at generating more revenue, at the expense of Michigan motorists, goes into effect. Most drivers don't realize the full extent of the penalties coming their way.

Public Act 165 has instituted new "Driver Responsibility Fees" which amounts to raised fines and surcharges on traffic tickets. If you have seven points on your drivers license, you
will be paying $100 each year for two years. And, you will be paying an additional $50 per point for every point above seven. If you're stopped and you can't present proof of insurance, you must pay a $300 fine, even if you later prove you do have insurance.

If you receive an Operating Under the Influence of Liquor (OUIL), not only do you have to pay your fine, a new $40 surtax, and license reinstatement fee, but you will also be getting a $1,000 bill each year for the next two years (courtesy of Governor Granholm and Senator Gilbert).

This additional money will go to local governments and police, county sheriffs, the State Police, the state General Fund and local fire departments. This sets a dangerous precedent, as the agencies that issue tickets will directly profit from them.

"Guaranteeing police a share of motorist fines will lead to further fine increases down the road," says Eric Skrum of the National Motorists Association. "It creates a vested interest effect: more police revenue equals more patrols, which equals more tickets, which equals more revenue. The state legislature and city governments are sure to put pressure on police agencies to issue more tickets."

There will be serious unintended consequences. More tickets will make more motorists subject to the points tax. As more drivers face annual fees of several hundred dollars to keep their licenses, the poorest will respond by not paying the fees. "The legislature rammed this through without investigating the impacts," says Skrum. The points tax was borrowed from New Jersey, but NMA reports that "In New Jersey, they call this program 'Debtor's Prison.' Poor drivers try living without a license, incur an even larger surcharge when they get caught, and go so far in debt to the state they can never get a driver's
license again. This prevents them from holding a job, and effectively takes them out of the economy." An increase in unlicensed, unregistered, and uninsured drivers is the probable outcome. The state cynically estimates that only a little over half of the points taxes will ever be paid; the rest will be owed by persons unable to pay and who will never be able to renew their licenses.

See below for a list of the fee increases and how much money will be extracted from motorists for state purposes.

Michigan Motorist Tax, Fine, and Fee Increases, 2003

Vehicle Fee Increases - Senate Bill 554, Public Act 152 of 2003

Make trailer plates permanent at roughly the former price of 5 to 7 years' registration
Increase all vehicle registrations by $3, unconstitutionally award $2.25 to State Police.
Add late registration-renewal fee of $10.
Raise vehicle title fees by $3.
Raise auto dealer-license fees from $10 to $75.
Raise used-parts dealer-license fees from $100 to $160.
Raise CDL fee from $20 to $25.
Raise CDL correction fee from $6 to $18.
Raise original chauffeur's license from $20 to $35.
Raise original driver's license from $12 to $25.
Raise license renewal fee from $12 to $18.
Add license-renewal late fee of $7.
Raise minor's restricted license from $5 to $25.
Raise fees for duplicate licenses by $6.

Total revenue increase: $70.1 million/year.
Dispositions:
Michigan State Police $21.8 million/year
Secretary of State $18 million/year
Roads and transit $5.3 million/year
General Fund $25 million/year

After shifts of funds between the Secretary of State and the Michigan Transportation Fund under SB 539, road and transit funds are increased by approximately $24.9 million/year.

One-time advance from trailer registration fees (conversion to permanent registrations).
Revenue: $108 million in 2004.
Disposition: Roads and transit


Points Tax - Senate Bill 509, Public Act 165 of 2003

Attach tax to driver-license points, $100 for the seventh point and $50 each for additional points. Notes: points remain on license for two years. Points existing on Sept. 30, 2003 are not
taxable.

Attach mandatory fines of $150 to $1,000 for certain traffic violations (not subject to points tax), payable as surtaxes on driver's-license fees in EACH of TWO years following conviction.

Official revenue estimate: Approx. $65 to 75 million/year realized on billings of $124.7 million (shrinkage is due to drivers refusing to pay and continuing to drive with suspended licenses, based on rates from New Jersey). Note: House Fiscal Agency estimates and all published media reports on P.A. 165 contain the same error: the mandatory fines are described as being imposed once only, and not in each of TWO years,
so these revenue estimates are low.

Disposition: First $65 million/year to the General Fund, additional amounts for local fire departments in cities having state-owned buildings.

SB 436 & 439, HB 4736 P.A's. 73 & 97 of 2003 - Court-finance Package

Increase conviction surtax from $25 to $40 on approximately 500,000 citations/year.
Revenue increase: $7.5 million/year
Disposition: Court operations.


HB 4333, P.A. 34 of 2003 - Handicapped Parking Spaces

Raise fine for violation of handicapped parking spaces from $50 to $150.

TOTAL MOTORIST TAX INCREASE: $147.6 million/year
AMOUNTS FOR ROADS AND TRANSIT:
$132.9 million in Fiscal 2004
Approximately $24.9 million/year after 2004



Les    Posted 11-08-2003 at 05:30:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
As an out of stater, sounds like I shouldn't have much trouble passing through your state as you people only pick on your own. Heck, here in New Hampshire, we get a large portion of our money from our visitors. You know, the ones who come up here and think they can do whatever they want? As far as I'm concerned, that is the way it should be. Leave the local guy alone who might be pressing it a little to get to work on time. Nail that SOB from Mass. who wants to do 65 through the construction zone on the interstate. There's no shortage of obnoxious and arrogant Massachusetts drivers on our roads here in NH so we should take full advantage of their unsafe driving habits to pay for the protection we need from them.
I suppose there's even a small chance that we might even civilize a few of them but that is rather doubtful.
As an aside, it seems to me that if your registration expires at the end of the month, you aren't required to renew it until the end of that month. That's the way it is here.


Ayuh...    Posted 11-09-2003 at 04:07:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seems as though it is nigh onto impossible to be late before you get there...As it were...

But then...I have been told I live in my own little bubble, so what do I know...

Salmoneye, The Oblivious


ret    Posted 11-07-2003 at 19:06:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
might not do any good, but I would be calling or even stopping in on my local rep to see how they voted. Would drop a letter to the paper and a lot of Emails to my reps. Wonder how they got that passed without telling anyone? Rotten shame. Don't know what you have to do to get 7 points, sounds like a lot to me. If you have a good talk radio show in your area, call them , write them.
Better than doing nothing
REt


Redneck    Posted 11-08-2003 at 04:22:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a recall brewing or at least should be.That's pathetic.


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