NAPERVILLE, Ill. – State Rep. Janet Yang Rohr, D-Naperville, is working to reverse the increase in license plate fees for small trailers, having supported legislation that would reduce the annual registration fee from $118 to $18.
“I have heard from several constituents from my district that the trailer license plate fee that increased in 2019 was an unreasonable, burdensome increase that affected many local drivers and small businesses,” said Yang Rohr. “It was no question for me to support this measure that will reverse the fee hike and alleviate a financial burden to many Illinois residents.”
Yang Rohr is a co-sponsor of House Bill 36, which reduces the annual registration fee for trailers that carry lightweight items like boats or riding lawn mowers from the current $118 back to $18. Prior to Yang Rohr coming into office, lawmakers in the General Assembly approved the $100 increase in 2019 as part of a plan to help fund capital projects. This measure would reverse the increase and alleviate the financial burden on small business owners and working families.
“Many individuals may only be using their personal small trailers two to three times a year, making this fee even more unreasonable for people to rationalize,” said Yang Rohr. “Funding our capital projects is crucial, but we have to step back and analyze certain fee increases like this one to make sure that we are not doing more harm than good to working families.”