Governor Comments on Driver Fees

The governor is still getting an earful from Virginians upset about the costly new abusive driver fees, but he's sticking by them.

Kaine fielded several questions about the fees on Thursday during his monthly call-in show on the Virginia News Network, produced at WRVA radio.

The governor says lawmakers have gotten the message "loud and clear" that many people are angry that the fees apply to Virginians but not to out-of-state drivers, and they'll revisit the exemption when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

Kaine says he wants to see what the impact of the fees are over the next six months, whether they improve driver safety, whether people are being hit with fees that shouldn't be or whether abusive drivers are not being fined.

The governor says many citizens complained about raising taxes to pay for transportation funding, and that they demanded that lawmakers "find money another way." Kaine's comment: "Be careful what you wish for."


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