Acting Gov. Richard Codey signed a bill into law Jan. 11 increasing
annual motor vehicle registration fees in
The $3 increase will pay for new medical evacuation
helicopters and new state trooper classes. All vehicles, including big trucks,
are subject to the increase.
The Legislature signed off on the bill Jan. 9 – the final
day of the two-year legislative session.
The higher fees, which take effect July 1, will provide up
to $14 million annually for the helicopters and $7 million to train 200 new
state troopers a year.
“The MedEvac helicopter program provides a necessary
service, and helps save the lives of New Jersey motorists by getting them to
the hospitals fast,” Sen. Bernard F. Kenny Jr., D-Hudson County, New York’s Newsday reported.
The MedEvac program has been supported by a $1 vehicle registration
fee since 1992. Additional dollars are needed for upkeep and replacement of the
four helicopters that average 15 years of service.
Of the $3 increase, $2 will go for the helicopters and $1
for the new trooper classes.