BMV trips could be cheaper and easier if Indiana legislature passes bill

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): Legislators should take a final vote this week on making everyone’s license branch trip cheaper and easier.

If someone just owns a car, the cost of the plates is the same as before. But two-million motorcyclists, truckers and bus owners will see their costs go down — dozens of fees are being eliminated entirely. BMV general counsel Adam Krupp says you’ll pay less no matter what you drive if you have to replace or change your driver’s license.

And he says the streamlined list of charges should restore trust in the B-M-V damaged by the discovery of millions of dollars in overcharges and undercharges. The incorrect bills have sparked a pair of class-action lawsuits. The bureau has blamed the incorrect charges on a tangled web of sometimes contradictory fees in state law.

Legislators and the BMV spent two years combing through all the fees to produce the 400-page reform bill. The revised fees have sailed through the House and Senate unchanged, but legislators are ironing out some final language on mobile homes and obstructed views at railroad crossings.

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