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Florida Becomes Eighth State to Ban 'Crash Tax' Fees

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) signed legislation banning local governments from charging fees when public safety personnel respond to the scene of an accident. Crist's...
June 24, 2009

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) signed legislation banning local governments from charging fees when public safety personnel respond to the scene of an accident. Crist's signature on S.B. 2282 made Florida the eighth state to ban such fees. Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee have done so in the past two years. The new Florida law prohibits local governments from levying the accident-response fee on the driver or owner of a motor vehicle, the insurance provider or any other person for the response or investigation at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. Insurers applauded the new law, saying such "crash tax" fees were a form of double taxation because first-responder services are already paid for through existing taxes.

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