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PennDOT Considers 8-Year Driver’s License Renewals

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is looking for ways to cut administrative costs so it can save more of its funding for infrastructure maintenance and repairs.

Among the more novel ideas being considered is lengthening the required time between driver’s license renewals, from the current four years to perhaps as long as eight years.

Other ideas include eliminating those tiny registration stickers on the corner of license plates, and increasing the registration fees.

PennDOT spokesman Dennis Buterbaugh says the state transportation agency is already looking at a nearly $2-billion annual funding shortfall.

“It can’t be business as usual,” he tells KYW Newsradio of the PennDOT strategizing.  “We have to be efficient, we have to be smart, we have to look a new revenue sources.”

And so, a transportation funding advisory commission created by Gov. Tom Corbett will have a report on his desk by August 1st.  Then, the governor and his staff will decide which ideas, if any, they want to pursue.

Reported by Robin Culverwell, KYW Newsradio 1060

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