We are pleased to announce that House Bill 100, which strengthens Wyoming state law by exempting the added value of vehicles adapted for accessibility from vehicle registration fees, was signed into law on February 27, 2013.
Under the law drafted by the Activist team, wheelchair lifts, hand and arm controls, pedal extensions, special seating, vehicle kneeling systems, wheelchair securement systems, and other accessibility aids would no longer be reason to increase taxes or fees on an adapted vehicles.
Vehicle registration fees are based on the value of the vehicle as established by the factory price, plus the value added by special equipment; in some counties fees are collected on the added value of assistive devices.
The new legislation will make it clear that the value of assistive devices, as defined in the legislation, is not to be included in the value of the vehicle for purposes of assessing the registration fee.
The revenue loss to the counties and state will be small, though the change will have a meaningful impact on many Wyoming residents with disabilities who are currently paying higher fees on their adapted vehicles.
If you'd like more information on MS Activism efforts, contact the Chapter's Public Policy Coordinator Matt Pfeifer at 303-698-5435.