Gilbert drivers will see new public-safety fee on registration renewals


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.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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