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Why you may soon need to pay to replace your old license plates

(WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative to replace license plates that are 10-years-old or older, but it will come at a cost.

The license replacement program will require drivers to pay $25 dollars to replace their old plates and an additional $20 dollars if you would like to keep the same plate number.

“It just goes to show how out of touch with reality the governor and the commissioner of motor vehicles are,” said State Senator Fred Akshar.

According to the governor’s office, the program is a good initiative.

“Replacing aging plates will eliminate legibility issues that hinder license plate readers, which are used by law enforcement, red light cameras, and cashless tolling systems,” said in a press release.

According to Akshar, peeling license plates should not fall on the taxpayer.

“The plates are peeling because [New York State] hired a bad vendor,” said Akshar.

Now, Binghamton residents are asking for answers.

“You have to pay car insurance, rent, this and that. Poor people like me can’t afford a mess like that. I’m lucky to even be driving,” said William Britt, a local resident.

Katie Jones

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