Gilbert motorists renewing their vehicle registrations are seeing a new public-safety fee included in the bill.

The state established the fee to support public safety and highway patrol operations, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The fee began Dec. 1 for registrations due in January.

The cost is $32 per vehicle per year for most motorists. Street-legal golf carts and primarily off-highway vehicles pay $5.

Highway patrol operations previously were funded through the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund. That fund was from the state’s gas tax.

As a result, ADOT officials say the fee will allow more gas-tax money freed up to pay for road maintenance and construction.