SB 196 - Repeal Late Vehicle Registration Fee
Sponsored by Senators Neville & Lundberg and Representative Ransom
On Saturday, March 10th, the Colorado General Assembly officially reached the halfway mark of its 120 day legislative session. As legislators celebrate the halfway mark, the CTAF blog will continue to commend the legislators who are proposing to reduce taxes or fees for the state.
Senators Tim Neville and Kevin Lundberg recently introduced Senate Bill 196, a common sense piece of legislation that would repeal the late fee that’s assessed for failing to register a motor vehicle within the time-frame set forth by the Department of Revenue. Set in place by Senate Bill 09-108, vehicle owners can be slapped with a $25 fee for each month that the owner is “late” for registering the vehicle. Going back to 2010, various legislators have attempted to either soften the penalty or do away with it altogether, but every year the effort is killed.
The late fee fails to recognize that most Coloradans spend their day earning a living, and have little extra free time to spend at the DMV. Although the state has attempted to make the registration process more streamlined, some people can’t afford to take off work or to hire a babysitter for the hour or two it might take to complete the registration process. Colorado Taxpayers Advocate Fund doesn’t think that residents should be penalized for being hard working, and applauds Senators Neville and Lundberg for taking the lead on this bill.
SB 18-196 will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, March 13th.
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