Drivers in Kenner soon may be able to take advantage of a convenience already available in most other parts of Louisiana: two-year brake tags.
Right now, motorists living in Kenner have to get vehicle inspection stickers every year. But the City Council is scheduled to discuss approving the two-year option at a meeting Thursday.
If the proposal passes as drafted, some drivers would have the option of buying a $20 two-year brake tag beginning next year, while others will have to wait until 2018.
Kenner Mayor Mike Sigur said that staffing and space limitations at the station where the city issues brake tags — 1904 24th St. — will require officials to implement the two-year sticker option in stages.
Only vehicle owners with brake tags expiring in January, March, May, July, September or November of 2017 will be able to obtain a two-year sticker starting next year, according to the proposal.
Those with brake tags expiring in February, April, June, August, October or December of 2017 will have to wait until 2018. Those drivers will still be required to get a one-year tag in the interim.
“The idea is to not have everybody sit in long lines to get this new two-year tag when it’s available,” Sigur said.
One-year brake tags for regular vehicles will still cost $10 in Kenner, regardless of the outcome of Thursday’s meeting.
Motorists in parishes issuing standard Louisiana inspection stickers have had the option of getting two-year brake tags since 2012. However, Kenner, New Orleans and Westwego were excluded because their independent brake tag programs predate the one run by the state, which was established in 1960.
New Orleans began offering two-year brake tags at the beginning of this year, citing the convenience and efficiency.