What the Senate transportation bill means to drivers
Senate Bill 1 would retain Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposal for lifting a wholesale tax on oil. But the bill would phase that increase in over three years, compared to the five proposed by Corbett.
Analysts have estimated that the move will translate into a 25 to 28 cent a gallon increase in the price of gas.
The Senate bill would tack a $100 surcharge on all speeding tickets and $100 to $300 on other moving violations, such as driving through a red light or ignoring a stop sign.
Vehicle registration would only need to be renewed every two years. But the cost of a renewal would increase from $36 to $104.
Driver’s licenses would increase from $29.50 to $50.50. Licenses are now renewed every four years. Rafferty’s bill would change to a six-year renewal cycle.
Finnerty reports from Harrisburg for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.’s Pennsylvania newspapers, including The Meadville Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @cnhipa.