California bill would tax private planes’ environmental impacts

By Blanca Begert | 02/22/2024 06:33 AM EST

The money would go toward addressing pollution from jet travel.

A small plane takes off past the control tower at Troutdale Airport in Troutdale, Ore.

A California bill introduced late last week would tax private planes and devote some of the proceeds to addressing their environmental impacts. Don Ryan/AP

A new California bill would require private plane owners to register and pay a fee with the state Department of Motor Vehicles, much as Californians do with cars.

Under state Sen. Henry Stern’s S.B. 1505, state fees paid by California-based aircraft owners would go into a fund to address the harmful environmental impacts of airplane emissions, including the impacts of particulate matter pollution, in addition to administrative costs.

Currently private plane owners pay a federal fee to the Federal Aviation Administration. While California does not have a state fee on private airplanes, there is already precedent in other states where plane owners do have to register at the state level.


Currently Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Washington and Oregon require various forms of plane registration in addition to the FAA registration process.