Florida Bans Municipalities From Charging First Responder Fees

June 17, 2009

Florida Governor Charlie Crist has signed into law legislation blocking local governments from billing motorists for emergency response services at the scene of an automobile accident.

SB 2282, sponsored by Sen. Mike Bennett (R.-Bradenton) prohibits local governments from levying additional fees charged for police and fire department response services at the scene of a traffic accident, known as “crash taxes.” Rep. Nick Thompson (R.- Ft. Myers) sponsored the companion bill in the Florida House.

The bill will become effective on July 1, 2009.

“Car accidents should not be a revenue opportunity,” said William Stander, assistant vice president and regional manager for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), which supported the bill. “Local government budgets will no longer be balanced on the backs of automobile accident victims.”

This prohibition does not apply to hazardous material clean-up or ambulance services, including air ambulance.

According to PCI, Florida is the eighth state to ban the crash tax, joining Pennsylvania, Missouri, Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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  • August 20, 2010 at 8:18 am
    Lotus Landry says:
    These are modern economic MOATS. Huntington Beach, California, or Surf City is beginning such a tax on Sept 1,2010. I believe that it will charge by the hour for specific ser... read more
  • June 17, 2009 at 10:31 am
    Mr. Solvent says:
    What are property taxes for? You shouldn't pay additional money just because you're involved in an accident. Great work on this one!
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