NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A new law went into effect at the beginning of the year that prohibits some drivers from applying for a permanent license plate.
This means non-governmental service providers, like CFPUA and New Hanover Regional Medical Center, will have to pay an annual fee for license plates.
General Statue 20-84 describes a number of organizations that are no longer eligible for the one-time $6 plate. Wave Transit busses were considered "for-hire" vehicles by the DMV, which would cost the organization about $35,000 a year for license plates.
The Attorney Generals' Office, however, stepped in to clear some clear some confusion. They found that Wave Transit is a "human service provider" and not a "for-hire" business. The reclassification means Wave will pay less than $2,000 for license plates each year.
Wave's Executive Director Albert Eby said the Transit Authority will continue to fight the larger issue of permanent plates. Wave, along with the CFPUA and New Hanover Regional Medical Center, now pay for annual plates on vehicles that previously used permanent plates.
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