Burn Baby, Burn!

December 13, 2010 | Comments Off

Finally, I am grateful that I’m no longer a car owner! Why? Well, starting this July in NYC, if your car catches fire you will have to fork over $415 to the FDNY to have them put it out! That’s only if you aren’t injured in the process, because that will cost you $490!! It’s called — the “crash tax”.

This back-door tax was meant reduce the tax burden to your average tax payer by placing the burden on those responsible. One problem — All parties to an accident will be charged the fee, not just the party at fault.

The Bloomberg administration points to 55 cities that are already collecting the “crash tax,” including Toledo, Ohio and Schenectady, Utica and Troy, New York (http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2010/dec/10/bloomberg-backs-crash-tax/).

I certainly understand that tough budgetary times call for tough budgetary measures, but I wonder if this “crash tax” will stop people from reporting accidents.

photo © 2006 PDiBenedetto

Perhaps NYC drivers should replace their tire irons with fire extinguishers??!


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