To help replace aging ferries in Washington state, vehicle registration and title transactions fees would increase under a measure passed by the House.
House Bill 1129 passed on a 62-36 vote Wednesday and now heads to the Senate. It would allow the state Department of Licensing and its agents to collect a $5 service fee for each vehicle registration and a $12 service fee for each vehicle title transaction. The money collected would be deposited in the capital vessel replacement account.
If passed, the measure would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division acquires, operates and maintains ferries as well as building, operating and maintaining terminals. The system serves eight Washington counties and one Canadian province with 23 vessels and 20 terminals.