Transportation Safety and Development Cost Saving Ideas

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  1. 9 mounths

    New license owner should not have to wait nine months for driving other people other than family members in their car because it is not take nine months to become a safe driver with other people.
    six months as it usually was back today was an okay time but even a little too long maybe four months would be more sufficient

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      • Have wood crews cutting along state roads cut all the way to the road . Instead of leaving a buffer.

        THE WOODS CREW GETS THE WOOD AND THE STATE DOESN'T HAVE TO GO IN AFTERWARDS AND CUT THE RIGHT OF WAY .OR BLOWDOWNS FROM THE LARGER TREES BEING TAKEN

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        • Bill people for safety problems the cause on our roads

          If someone causes a safety problem and the DOT or public works has to respond to it they should be billed for it . recent problems are 1.improperly extending an entrance culvert causing water to run in the road in the winter .2. plowing snow over the end of an entrance culvert ,causing water to run over the entrance .3 Plowing snow into drainage , then calling to complain that drain isn't working .4 raking leaves into drainage ditch causing culverts to plug and washing out the shoulder of the road and the water freezing onto the road.

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          • all vehicles get inspected and yearly registration at same time.

            by being inspected and registration at the same time on all vehicles, will save time. It would be great to not have metal plates on your vehicle instead a bigger sticker on windshield and rear window. this would also stop people using plates on other vehicles not ready for the road. also have the new stickers reflective so at night law inforcement could still see them at night .

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            • Brush up on traffic awareness

              How about some commercials or signs reminding people of proper driving practices. For instance, commercial or sign reminding drivers that the Yield sign is exactly what it states.. Yield. Not go without looking and expect everyone else to move.. or turn signals are there for a reason.

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              • Work to develop a commuter rail system from Portland to Montreal

                This idea was stated as being feasible in 2011, and an article written on September 5, 2013 in the Bangor Daily News shown here: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/09/05/business/portland-auburn-montreal-passenger-rail-possible-within-the-year/ shows that there are already investors interested in making this possible.

                In an online poll related that article, 93% of voters were in support of a commuter rail system. This would benefit the citizens of Maine in multiple ways. Firstly, it would increase the ability for people to take public transportation from Lewiston/Auburn to Portland where many people work, but also increase tourism from our Canadian neighbors in the North. For struggling areas with high…

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                  • DOT employees and Forestry department share employees

                    In winter months forestry employees can work for dot and in summer dot can work for forestry.

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                    • Flat fee excise tax

                      With many states having no excise tax, and Maine having one of the highest excise tax rates, I propose having a "flat" rate or fee of $100.00. Plus the state registration fee(currently around $35.00). This idea would provide a better incentive to purchase a new vehicle as well. As of now a new vehicle costing $35,000 would cost you over $700.00 to register the first year. A old unefficent car over 10 years old might only cost $60.00. What are your thoughts?

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                      • New state inspection rules for personal autos/light duty trucks

                        This plan is simple. A new personal vehicle will not be subject to a state vehicle inspection for the first five years after purchase.New vehicles do not have the typical rust or breakdown of wearable parts that older ones do, and the police can still impound a vehicle they deem unsafe for state highway at anytime. This idea saves consumers money and gives us all an incentive to purchase a new vehicle, which the state and local municipality will benefit from excise tax,sales tax, and registration fees. Feedback anyone?

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                        • New drivers should go back to learners permits after violation.

                          This would give them more practice driving with parents rather than a month or more of no driving at all.

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                          • Eliminate Tree Trimming Along Interstate Highways

                            These areas are mowed regularly, which prevents the growth of brush. Trimming branches off trees that are 100 to 200 feet from the highway seems wasteful. In addition, removing trees/limbs allows weaker trees to be exposed to higher wind gusts. These weaker trees then blow down and need to be removed.

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                            • License Plate / New Return Policy

                              My idea to to require license plates "metal tags" to be returned back to the town office and/or DMV after the person is finished with them. Rather then the person keeping the plates indefinitely and possily using then illegally on another vehicle. To impose a fine, such as $125.oo if the metal license plates are not returned within say 10 days after being expireed/invalid. Also additional fines of say $15.oo a day, everyday there after they are not recieved by DMV or issueing office. A large amount of revinew for the state with a portion of that going back to…

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                              • For roads that are rated priority 2 or smaller eliminate winter road maintenance from the overnight hours of 10PM to 3AM as well as do away

                                For roads that are rated priority 2 or lower eliminate winter road maintenance from the overnight hours of 10PM to 3AM as well as do away with “black road policy” cutting overtime fuel and all the cost associated with maintaining roads with light overnight traffic.

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                                • I think we need to have public buses for the larger cities because this will create more jobs as well as bring extra revenue for the state

                                  we need buses for the larger cities in Maine because this will create more jobs as well as add extra money for the state of Maine and we should also have parking meters for theses cities as well as this will create still more money for the state.

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                                  • Car Inspections

                                    Push car inspections out from once a year to once every two years. Lets be realistic about it, there are many people out there that are "NOT" mechanically inclined and they are taken advantage of by dishonest business'/mechanics and paying for unnecessary repairs. I have witnessed this first hand with co-workers and friends that have payed exuberant amounts of money for repairs that are not needed. Money that could be spent elsewhere to boost the Maine economy. I know of other states that do this and it seems to make good sense to me. We could also do this with…

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                                    • I agree with the costly corruption going on with BMV but this all comes from the top.

                                      . . with new technology why should customers(public should have to call in the BMV to pay for reinstatment fees when there could be a system like all other state BMV systems to pay there reinstatment fee's online. this could reduce work force to some of the managers/managements. Examiners only work 6 months a year so failing student drivers keeps them employed.

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                                      • Eliminate the front license plate for motor vehicles

                                        By only issuing a single license plate (to be mounted on the rear of a vehicle) the cost of manufacturing plates and stickers could be cut in half. The cost savings could be shared - with a slight reduction in the cost of registering a vehicle for all citizens and some revenue freed up for other purposes. Many other states already do this.

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                                        • Vehicle Registrations:

                                          Two step process: 1) If I already have a registered vehicle in Maine I should always be able to re-register it online no matter where or if I change addresses. (this would eliminate local staffing over time and save the tax payer. 2) create a fixed registration fee for all automobiles, boats, ATV's etc... (could change a little due to tonnage or size- not age) this would help create a known revenue, rather than an estimated and varying one that we have now (as vehicles age revenue goes down).

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