Higher fees in place for RMV

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s about to get more expensive to own a vehicle in Massachusetts. 22News is working for you to see how people feel about price increases by the Department of Transportation.

The state transportation department’s board of director’s voted to raise the price of registration, vehicle inspection, and road test fees. It’ll now cost $60 to register all non-commercial vehicles. That’s up from $50.

Getting a state inspection sticker will now cost you $35, up from $29, and road test fees will increase from $20 to $35. These fee hikes were approved Wednesday, and are needed to close a $53-million dollar gap in the budget.

People that 22News spoke with say they don’t understand why they always have to foot the bill.

“I think that the people who make the decision should be taking a pay cut. Or at least help out the people who are getting paid and using their taxes. I just don’t think it’s fair,” said Jessica Clark of South Hadley.

The fees are expected to increase by July 1st. The DOT says inspection fees haven’t gone up since 1999, and road test fees have been the same for more than a decade.

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