Service Alberta $15 Motor Vehicle Search Fee Scrapped - For Now
EDMONTON: Complaints from city leaders and police officials, including those from
Lethbridge, have worn down the provincial government.
Premier Ed Stelmach's cabinet decided on Wednesday to drop an unpopular plan
to charge police and municipalities a $15 fee for checking licence plate and
driver licence information.
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association was notified Thursday. President
Darren Aldous is pleased.
According to an AUMA release, Service Alberta
Minister Heather Klimchuck confirmed, "After careful consideration, Premier
Stelmach, in collaboration with Cabinet, has agreed to suspend implementation of the $15 transaction fee for municipal registry database searches". It was also
noted, "Instead, any future search fee increases may be considered in consultation
with municipalities as part of the 2012-13 Budget review process".
Service Alberta expected to collect about $12 million in the fees fiscal
this year but needs a new plan before the 2012 provincial budget.
The fees would have impacted police and community budgets and eventually
would have been passed on to you.
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 12/4/2013 5:25:00 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Counry 95 News with files from AUMA