Dave, Minersville, Pa.

Believe it or not, this is a real fee. You are not being ripped off. According to the Tire Industry Association, 35 states issue tire taxes or fees to fund public works programs for scrap- or tire-pile cleanup projects. As America’s vehicle population has grown and aged throughout the century, tire disposal has turned into a significant problem. In an effort to dispose of or recycle old tires, many states charge a tire fee or tax.

Different states charge different amounts on new tires. For example, in Pennsylvania a $1 tire fee is charged on each tire (including the spare tire) for a new car. So the fee typically totals $5.

However, TIA says many states often do not use the collected money for tire cleanup.

In Pennsylvania, tire tax money is thrown into a general fund called the Public Transportation Assistance Fund. The fund’s primary function is to prop up Pennsylvania’s urban transit system.

To find out if there’s a tire tax in your state, check out the TIA’s website.

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Answered by Colin Bird on February 9, 2009 | Permalink

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