Would you like your car registration to last the life of your car? The Transportation Committee of the State Legislature is considering Proposed Bill No. 468 An Act Allowing Motor Vehicle and Boat Registrations to be Valid for the Life of the Vehicle or Boat, submitted by our State Senator Toni Boucher.

The bill makes eminent sense -- for the State to force us to renew registrations at $80 each is unnecessary, and it is a most inefficient way to raise money. The DMV sends me two letters for the renewal, and much, if not all, of the money collected is spent on paper, printing, postage and labor. A passport is good for 10 years, and a car registration should be too. You must register a car when you buy it, and you must transfer it via the Department of Motor Vehicles when you sell it.

I am taxed by New Canaan on my car as personal property, and I resent that the State also taxes my car ownership, with most of that money being wasted on processing. This is a regressive tax that falls more heavily on poor people.

If you believe that auto registration renewals are unnecessary, wasteful and regressive, tell Senator Boucher so at Toni.Boucher@cga.ct.gov, and Quinn Kess, the Transportation Committee clerk, at Quinn.Kess@cga.ct.gov.

Peter Hanson

New Canaan

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