Savings from licence renewal not worth it
Premier Doug Ford has frozen fees charged for driver’s licence renewals and other drivingrelated requirements. Such fees were expected to increase by $9, up from the current $90, for a five-year renewal.This works out to a savings of $1.80 a year. The problem is, it’s estimated that the province will lose $1.6 million annually as a result of freezing these and other driving-related fees.First, driving is not a right but a privilege, and most people are quite content to pay for that privilege. Second, the revenue from such fees goes toward administrative costs and, hopefully, infrastructure improvements. With less money in government coffers, some services and provincial highway maintenance may have to be cut or delayed.I’m not sure I’d like to see that happen for savings of $1.80 a year. On the other hand, maybe I can buy a case of buck-a-beer with my $9? Please, just remember not to drink and drive.Brian Curry, Ottawa
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