Cuomo defends new state license plate plan

GOVERNOR: Toll reader devices will be more reliable if plates have dark lettering against a light background.

GEDDES — Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his administration’s plan to charge New York motorists a $25 fee for replacement license plates Wednesday, suggesting the move is necessary as the state Thruway shifts to cashless tolling technology.

The Democratic governor, at the opening day of the New York State Fair, attempted to provide justification for the new fees in response to questions from CNHI. The plan has faced rising criticism from Republican leaders and even some Democratic lawmakers in recent days.

Cashless tolling involves having reader devices that scan plates, and Cuomo said the plates now on the more than 11 million registered vehicles in the state were designed before that technology came on line.


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