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NYC Proposes "Accident Tax"

  1. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 7 years ago

    Crash your car and you'll pay...the New York City Fire Department?

    According to Fox 5 New York, that's the plan being proposed by New York City officials, who want to charge motorists $490 for accidents involving injuries, $415 for vehicle fires, and $365 for any other collision that requires an emergency response.

    And its not just the person at fault who will have to pay, but the victim as well.

    The plan is set to go into effect on July 1, 2011, but non-binding hearings will be held in January to gauge public opinion on the matter.
    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/12/ … ident-tax/

  2. Hugh Williamson profile image91
    Hugh Williamsonposted 7 years ago

    There was something on TV a few weeks back about this practice. The reasoning is that it costs some municipalities a disproportionately large amount of money to provide emergency services for accidents.

    Crews from small towns with major highways get called out a lot and the victims are seldom from their area. They end up providing free emergency services for people who pay zero taxes to keep them funded.

    That said, there should be a better way than this to fairly fund emergency services.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image84
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    Sounds like the no-fault insurance they in several provinces here.

  4. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 7 years ago

    they charge a fee  to call the fire dept out in my area...

    i think it's cruel and unusual punishment to charge an innocent victim who may be struck by an automobile while visiting a new town though...

  5. Jim Hunter profile image62
    Jim Hunterposted 7 years ago

    Then why are we required to pay taxes on property and city sales tax?

    How many times are they going to tax us?