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New York state Assemblyman wants to tax, registered and inspected all bikes like cars

Posted Mar 03 2011 10:00am

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New York State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker from Queens has introduced a new bill that would have the state tax, registered and inspected bikes like cars. The $25 per bike license plate fee would raise an estimated $1,875,000 for the State and $375,000 in fees every year for New York.

According to the new law Bikes used for commercial purposes like deliveries, and we suspect racing (?) would have a $50 fee for a plate and mandatory insurance.

It would also cost drain the allowance money out of every child's piggy bank in the state's coffers.

"Collecting money from parents and from little kids - that would give us their allowance money to be able to ride their bicycle - to pay for a license plate . . . that's gone too far," says Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul.

DenDekker says his idea to register bikes was inspired by the growing number of bikes in his district.

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