RMV fee increases effective July 1

RMV fee increases will close projected $55M budget gap in FY2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Along with the always-anticipated long lines, you can also expect some slightly higher fees during your next trip to the RMV.

Certain fees will go up July 1, which some drivers say is no surprise.

“I’m expecting it. I’m expecting it all around. It’s not going to really make a huge difference at this point,” said Alessandra Smith from East Longmeadow.

Commercial registrations will jump from $50 to $60; inspections will increase from $29 to $35; and driving road tests will cost $35 instead of $20. The registration fee was most recently changed in 2009. The last time inspection fees changed was back in 1999, and it’s been more than a decade since road test fees went up.

These RMV fee increases will help close a projected $55 million budget gap for the fiscal year 2015. It will also invest money into the state’s transportation system. But drivers told 22News that it’s already too expensive to own and operate a car in Massachusetts.

“I’m a single mom. Things are tough, the economy. You try to get every penny you can, everything goes up. Food, gas; it just keeps getting harder and harder,” said Donna Naglieri-Langlois from Springfield.

“No, it’s not the way to do it. They should figure it out on their own. Not charge the people,” said Eric Perez from Holyoke.

The fee increases will also go toward customer improvements. This fall, the Springfield branch will relocate from 165 Liberty Street to a new building that will be near 36 Martone Place. That site will offer more parking and an EZ Pass Center.

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