SCAQMD Considers Increased Vehicle Registration Fees

SCAQMD Considers Increased Vehicle Registration Fees


Diamond Bar, CA

At an open meeting last month the South Coast Air Quality Management District discussed funding for a plan it has proposed that would cut smog emissions from cars, trucks, refineries, etc. in the state’s most smog-impacted areas. 

The plan, scheduled to go before the SCAQMD Board of Directors for a vote of approval in December, would require a budget of approximately one billion dollars per year; at a minimum—ten times more than the agency’s current budget. At last month’s meeting the agency discussed a potential vehicle registration fee to cover the potential costs; however, experts believe the fee would need to be at least $60 per vehicle to cover the costs. 

Agency officials, however, are keenly aware that such an increase would have to go before the state legislature and require a two-thirds majority approval. 

Currently, the SCAQMD collects $2 per vehicle in annual registration fees through the DMV. Although $60 per vehicle might be considered a bridge too far. There may however, be some room for consideration. Vehicle owners in San Joaquin Valley, another area with serious air quality concerns, pay $12 per year in vehicle registration fees per year.

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