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    The “Crash Tax”

    The “Crash Tax”

    Apparently the FDNY is going to implement emergency services “crash tax” starting next year.

    Getting hurt in a car accident is painful enough, but if firefighters have to respond, expect more pain — in your wallet.

    Starting next summer, the city plans to bill drivers in accidents that require an emergency response.

    The so-called “crash tax” works like this: A car fire or accident with injury would cost you $490. A car fire without injury, $415. And any vehicle accident without injury will run you $365.”

    Worse yet, the department will charge you even if the accident wasn’t your fault.


    The FDNY says: “We want to relieve pressure on the taxpayer and place it on those at fault and their insurance. Right now if you’re at fault at an accident or a vehicle fire, you get a free ride. And that should not be borne by the taxpayers.”

    Wait, hold on, so I should get government approved healthcare, but if my life is in jeopardy it is asking too much to have a “free ride” from a group of men who are paid to save my life in the first place?! If I was receiving a tax deduction and merely had to pay every time I use a service, I would understand and encourage this new practice. However, I was under the impression that my taxes contributed to the preservation of my life in an emergency. In other words, is it fair to bill people twice for the same services?

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    Comments


    In some areas (like this one), ambulance-runs automatically bring at least 1 fire-engine company as well–no matter the nature of the call.

    It's featherbedding, of course. And as NYC recognized, featherbedding costs money.

    I feel maybe, the unions and cities are looking for creative ways to fund future pay hikes and benefits. Quick thinking at that.

    I guess they haven't looked thoroughly at the statistics to see how may of these accidents are caused by uninsured, unlicensed, illegals = no insurance money. BUT maybe the tax is only for the insured, licensed and legal. That seems fair to me.

    Quincy, Ma has already implemented it. More homestate pride for me.

    1. 49erDweet said…Fyi, you might be surprised at how many multiple-repeat customers there are out there, too. A fee charge system also seems to have an impact discouraging that issue. Don't know why.

    Point taken, but perhaps it can be addressed by setting a maximum number of free responses and charging beyond that. Doesn't AAA do something similar? Isn't that what telephone companies do for calls to Information?

    2. Stop shouting… said…This policy was just implemented this in our area of VA. I agree with it wholeheartedly — it is in response to a certain group that thinks it's ok to call 9-11 for a hangnail.

    Once upon a time calls to Information were free with no quota. My military roommate in the late 1960s felt it beneath him to pick up the phone book. He called 411 every time he ordered a pizza or made a reservation. Sheesh. I wasn't surprised to learn that he became a classic yuppie after he got out.


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