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The great state of New York has just unveiled a new license plate design. They're calling it "Empire Gold," unlike the current drab white and blue plates that New Yorkers have been affixin' to their rides since 2001. However, 57,000 people have already filed a petition at a website called nonewplates.com. Already? While the new NY plates aren't the best looking we've ever seen (black on yellow California plates from the 1950s FTW), they aren't that bad. What gives?
You, the taxpayer, that's what. New Yorkers are required to get the new plates. And they cost $25. Want to keep your same license plate number so you don't have to call and fuss with your insurance company? Or let's say you want to hang onto an existing vanity plate? That's going to cost you an extra $20. So if you have three vehicles and are happy with your numbers, these new plates will set you back $135. Out here in the Golden State, we've tossed people from office (hello Gray Davis!) for similar antics. Just sayin'. All in all, the new plate is expected to rake in $129 million for the state of NY and they drop in April, just in time for tax season.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you Jimbo and montoym for taking the wind out of venom's sails. It appears venom is nothing more than a nouveau riche bloated gas bag who would not know the meaning of responsibility if it walked up and kicked his sorry and tight fat ass. Theodore Roosevelt spoke about taxes as the cost of providing a free and safe environment where riches could be easily accumulated (even if they are as pitifully meager as venom's appear to be; it is the smallest pig who squeals the loudest when stuck). I wonder how venom would feel if he were to try and make his money in Afghanistan, the Sudan or Mynanmar? Those places have small governments and very low taxes. On the other hand, they have warlords, tribal chiefs and other types of totalitarian grand pooh-bahs who take a large chunk of change in "protection" fees. And if you don't want to pay, that's fine, we'll just pop a cap in your head right now. Do you like apples, venom? How abou them apples, huh, venom, ya freakin', spolieded-ass, cry-baby, whining nitwit!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can think of one benefit to this for people in NYC.

      I had 1 of my plates stolen in Brooklyn. The person who stole it proceeded to park wherever he wanted. Parking tickets are typically over $100 each in NYC and I ended up with a court summons for close to $2000. Because you don't have both plates to turn in, there is no way to prove that you didn't run up the tickets.... However, by pure luck I had 1 ticket that was written by a real cop (as opposed to a brownie/meter maid) and they wrote down the VIN number of the car that stole my plate and I happened to have on hand records showing the VIN of my car, so I got out of it.

      The new plates will help the police identify people who stole plates or are using old plates on a stolen car. In the big picture of living in NY, $45 dollars is nothing (a week's worth of tolls or parking once in a garage in Manhattan). The bigger detriment is waiting in line at the DMV to get it.

      If you do get the new plates- make sure you have some kind of theft-resistent mounting system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      oh no
      • 5 Years Ago
      Grey Davis was ousted because of some of his dealings...well some of those energy dealings he was so chastized about are now paying off. Some of the companies are trying to get out of the deal as they are loosing out. In the short term they looked like bad deals,,,but in the long term..it is paying off..probably the only thing this State of Confusion oops I mean California is making out in the black.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A thousand people a day move to Texas. We don't have crap like the above. We have lots of jobs, no state income tax, no tax on food, (like the state we moved here from) Come on down!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, Donny, I grew up in TX and I'll never move back. As for the $20 on the plates, so what? Just another nail in Patterson's political coffin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey bloomberg, i have a mistletoe this christmas season, located in my backpocket. Taxing us any which way you can, this is no different. parking tickets raked in an extra $600 million last year and expected to be more the $700 million this year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whatever, that is a bargain compared to Mississippi. Plates where I live are a percentage of the MSRP of the car. I've had my car for 3 years and my tag is over $200.00. Sorry NY but you don't have a clue.
      Sallly G
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just read the first few comments here, but unless I missed the point of the article, it is not a registration fee that is in question, it is the ethics of charging a fee for new license plates that wouldn't be required if the design weren't changed. If that is the case, switching should be optional, IMHO, and those who choose not to switch shouldn't have to pay to keep their old plates as they would have done if the design had not been changed. The New York economy isn't so great that they can afford a frill such as a license-plate design change without cost to taxpayers, so it does seem to be an attempt at an "undocumented" tax increase. No good, in my book.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Automobiles (less than 2,500 pounds) $19.50
      Automobiles (2,500-3,500 pounds) $30.50
      Automobiles (3,500 or more pounds) $44.00

      Trucks (less than 2,000 pounds) $19.50
      Trucks -based on weight (2,000-3,000 pounds) $30.50
      Trucks -based on weight (3,000-5,000 pounds) $44.00

      Florida tag fees for a basic license plate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey! That's better than how they do it in Arizona. Here, it's all based on the blue book of your car. My brother drives a dirty, 15 year old Explorer. He pays $27 a year for tags. I drive a clean, 1 year old car and just paid $375 for one year. It's a ripoff!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, you HAVE to get new plates? Good Ole Virginia lets you keep the same plate as long as you want. I've seen a Bicentennial plate in the past year, and it looked pretty good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, you have to get new plates, because it is a money making thing since New York is facing a $3B-$4B deficit for the current fiscal year. If they made it optional, no one would do it, and it wouldn't generate revenue for them.

        The Republican county clerks in the state are the one's behind the petitions, since the governor is a democrat. One of the clerks was in the new today for saying something to the effect of "People don't even want to have to get the new plates, and you are going to make them pay for the privilege of getting something they don't want?"

        What a dope. That's like saying "People don't like to fill out there income tax forms, and you are going to make them pay for the privilege of doing it?" Of course they are making us pay. That's the whole purpose. (Well, that clerk is a dope but a politically astute dope, since such a statement will win them votes)

        Though, as some have pointed out, the state would make more money if they just charged us the $25 without giving us new plates, and save the cost of making the plates. But that would remove their cover story and they'd have to admit it is really just to raise money. Which everyone already knows, so I don't know why admitting it would be such a tragedy.

        If they don't charge us $25 for this, we'll just have to pay it some other way, because in the end the State needs money because they are going to run out by mid-December if they don't do anything. Fighting it is just fighting the get screwed by a different means.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here in Ohio yearly renewal is $25/car and you only get a sticker. Vanity plates just went for $80 to $90, even if you keep the same plate. I'm not crying for NY.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Registration renewal is something different. You have to pay that too. This is just a $25 fee for each vehicle to give it a new plate, in addition to your registration fee.

        NY registration fees are based on vehicle weight. For example, a 3500 pound vehicle would cost $56.50 for a two-year registration. Most counties also charge a $5 to $10 a year vehicle use tax that is also included in your registration fee.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least they don't have a web address scrawled across this new plate. Hopefully that awful trend is over. If I ever wanted to find out information on Pennsylvania or plan a visit to Folrida, I'm pretty sure I could find the website to do so on my own. Advertising is already overly pervasive, let's not require that everyone's vehicle become a rolling ad as well.
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