Cuomo Speaks on License Plate Switch

"We need a new design because we've moved to new technology."

Brendan Keany
August 20, 2019 - 3:37 pm

Brendan Keany

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WILSON (WBEN) - On Monday, New York State announced that it was holding a voting contest for the next design of new license plates, which Governor Cuomo says will be phased in over the next 10 years.

Many people on social media have commented saying that this move by the state is a simple cash grab and unnecessary, but Cuomo responded to that criticism by saying a switch is essential.

"We need a new design because we've moved to new technology; we have E-ZPass readers now," said Cuomo. "These plates are not designed to work with the technology that we are installing."

The state will replace the blue-and-white plates, most of which are more than 10 years old. As vehicle owners renew their registrations, owners with license plates of 10 years or older will be issued new plates for a $25 fee, Cuomo says the shift will be phased in over the next decade.

"I don't want to buy new plates either," Cuomo added. "But, it's 10 years, you need a plate that works with E-ZPass - if it doesn't work with E-ZPass, talk about a money grab, we have the opposite problem - we'll have a real fiscal issue because we'll have a deficit when it comes to the toll collection."

Cuomo noted that a majority of New Yorkers are now using E-ZPass and that more than half of the cars in the state are going through E-ZPass readers.

"As you know, the Thruway is converting to E-ZPass, so hopefully, we want to get to a point where 100% of the state is on E-ZPass," he said. "You're talking about significant money; you're talking about all the tolls that we collect."

Listen to Cuomo's full comments below:

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