For those RV owners who have vehicles registered in Georgia, please note that today the Georgia Department of Revenue has released the regulations associated with the transportation funding bill that passed earlier this year.
Of note to RV owners is that the Department is advising that the new fee for "heavy vehicles" will impact all vehicles in the weight ranges notes, REGARDLESS if they are used for commercial means or not. There had been some discussion in this forum that the fees would only apply to commercial vehicles. This is not correct.
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Starting on Page 4 of this document they have the following FAQ's Related to "Heavy Vehicles":
7) Frequently Asked Questions for Heavy Vehicle Highway User Impact Fee
(Q1) What are the new highway user impact fees?
House Bill 170 created new annual highway user impact fees that apply to certain heavy vehicles. The heavy vehicle highway user impact fee is $50.00 for any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 15,500 lbs. to 26,000 lbs. For vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 26,001 lbs. or higher, the heavy vehicle highway user impact fee is $100.00. The highway user impact fees will not apply to vehicles used as part of interstate commerce, i.e., those vehicles registered in the International Registration Plan (“IRP”).
(Q2) My vehicle falls within one of these weight categories but is not used for commercial purposes. Do I still owe the fee?
The highway user impact fees apply to all vehicles that fall within the prescribed weight categories regardless of whether such vehicles are operated for commercial or non-commercial purposes.
(Q3) When are the highway user impact fees due?
The highway user impact fees will be due at the time of initial vehicle registration and annually at the time of registration renewal. For personal vehicles, the fees will be due if the owner’s registration or registration renewal date (i.e. the owner’s birthday) is on or after July 1, 2015. For business vehicles, the fees will be due if their registration date or their statutorily-designated registration renewal date is on or after July 1, 2015. See O.C.G.A. § 40-2-21.
(Q4) Are any vehicles exempt from the highway user impact fees?
No. The law does not provide for any exemptions or exclusions from the highway user impact fee. The types of vehicles that will be subject to this fee, assuming the vehicle in question meets the weight requirements, also include government vehicles and farm vehicles.
(Q5) Do the highway user impact fees replace the license fee I have been paying every year when I renew my license plate?
No. The new annual highway user impact fees are in addition to the general annual license fee you already pay at the time of registration and renewal. For example, a personal passenger vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of 15,500 lbs. will pay an annual license fee of $20.00, a highway user impact fee of $50.00, and any annual ad valorem taxes that may apply.
(Q6) Will I receive a notice in my registration renewal that my vehicle is subject to these fees and when to pay them?
Yes. If your vehicle is subject to the highway user impact fees, your annual renewal notice will automatically reflect such fees on the renewal notice.