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State Republicans introduce bills targeting license plate replacement

State Republicans want to stop a plan to force drivers to replace and pay for new license plates if their current ones are more than 10 years old.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has suggested it’s important for public safety.

There are five new designs in contention for state plates. Beginning next April, drivers will be forced to scrap their current ones if they’re at least 10 years old, even if they’re in perfect condition.

It’s $25 for the new plate – while retaining your same plate number costs $20 more.

State Senator Robert Ortt has called this a “money grab.”

The new designs do not contain upgraded technology, such as computer chips. Governor Cuomo says the new plates are more reflective and easier to read in preparation for cashless tolls coming to the Thruway within two years.

“Current plates can be read by readers, but the plates were not designed for readers because they were designed before we started using license plate readers,” Governor Cuomo said.

Assemblyman Brian Kolb called it a “ludicrous explanation.”

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