TORONTO, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Vehicle owners in Toronto awoke Labor Day Monday to a new $60 city surtax for their annual license plate renewals.
Self-described socialist Mayor David Miller pushed the controversial measure through the city council last October to take effect Sept. 1, the Toronto Sun reported.
When car drivers renew their provincially issued licenses before their birthdays, they will have to pay the additional $60 on top of Ontario's $74 fee, while motorcycle and moped owners will pay an extra $30, the report said.
City Councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong told the Sun he was opposed to the Personal Vehicle Tax.
"There's no apparent reason for an almost doubling of the fees that families pay to drive a car in this city," Minnan-Wong said. "They aren't getting any improved service."
Councilor Doug Holyday called the new tax "highway robbery," adding, "This is just a tax grab."
The new tax will generate about $20 million for the balance of 2008 and an estimated $56 million each year after, the newspaper said.