Attention New York City motorists: If you get into an accident and need the Fire Department to come to the rescue, expect a bill.
Facing serious budgetary constraints, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration has decided to join a growing number of municipalities around the country that are charging motorists involved in accidents for emergency-response services.
This so-called “crash tax” or “accident tax” has left bill recipients in other places around the country outraged, and a number of states have banned the practice.
The FDNY plans to start sending out bills July 1. A vehicle fire or any other incident with injuries will cost $490. A vehicle fire without injuries will cost $415. And incidents without fire or injuries will cost $365. These charges apply to every vehicle involved in the incident.