The Oregon Vehicle Registration and Fee Increases Act, also known as Measure 3, was on the November 7, 1978 ballot in Oregon as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have required annual vehicle registration, increased most motor carrier rates and annual light truck fees, reduced recreational vehicle fees and required emissions test certification for vehicles in the Portland Metropolitan Area.
| Oregon Measure 3 (1978)|
|Yes|| 208,722|| 23.65%|
Election results via: Oregon Blue Book
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
3. VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND FEE INCREASE REFERENDUM
Purpose: Referendum of measure concerning vehicle registration and fees. Requires annual registration at same ($20 for most private vehicles) as for present biennial registration; except that fee for first vehicle of registrant 65 or older is set at $12.50. Increases most motor carrier rates. Increases annual light truck fee from $10 to $20. Annual recreational vehicle fee reduced to half present biennial fee. Emissions test certificate for Portland-area vehicles required every second registration.
“ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL EFFECTS: Passage of this measure will result in increasing net tax revenues of $414,000 in fiscal year 1979; $8,572,000 in fiscal year 1980; $20,084,000 in fiscal year 1981.”