Ohio drivers could pay an additional $5 per year to renew their license plates and a few dollars more more when renewing driver’s licenses, under a proposal in the Ohio statehouse.
County commissioners could levy the $5 motor vehicle license fee, specifically to be used for transportation projects, under language added Tuesday to the state transportation budget bill.
The County Engineers Association of Ohio said costs to repair and maintain roads and bridges are rising and, statewide, those efforts are short $670 million.
Lawmakers also added language raising the service fee paid to a deputy registrar from $3.50 to $5.25. The fee is paid when people renew their licenses, get a state ID card or engage in other services.
Each deputy registrar office is privately run, and state-established service fees haven’t increased since 2004.
The bill is expected to clear the House Finance Committee on Thursday and have a full chamber vote next week. It then goes to the Senate, which will revise the bill further.
Other changes made Tuesday include to:
- Permit an unattended vehicle to be running if it is locked or parked on residential property, adding an exemption to state law against leaving unattended vehicles running.
- Allows a bicycle to proceed through an intersection if the signal is malfunctioning because it cannot detect the bicycle.
- Require interstate highways in urban areas of Cuyahoga and Franklin counties to have an exit and entrance ramp at least every 4 miles.
- Keep the current system where fuel providers pay the gas tax one month after the sale instead of at the point of sale, which was proposed by Gov. John Kasich.