No, New York Isn’t Forcing Lawn Mower Registration

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -
This photoshopped image of an “actual” inspection certificate was sent along with a false requirement to register lawn mowers.
This photoshopped image of an “actual” inspection certificate was sent along with a false requirement to register lawn mowers.

Rest easy, New Yorkers, the state is staying off your lawn.

A hoax spreading online this week has some residents thinking they’ll be forced to register their mowers and haul them in for annual inspections just like a car.

The (misspelled) message said, “Starting in August 15, 2014 you have have (sic) your lawn mower safety inspected in New York. Any automotive service station currently licensed for motorcycle, car & truck safety inspections can inspect your mower. The NYS inspection fee is $10.00.”

It’s not true, officials in upstate New York counties say. So mow as you please. There’s no registration requirement, no $10 fee and no mandate that mowers must wear OSHA-approved safety glasses, hearing protection, and steel-toe shoes.

Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore says that with taxes in the state the way they are — New York is No. 1 in taxation — he doesn’t blame residents for falling for the hoax.

Also, he adds, “let’s just hope this spoof didn’t give anyone any ideas.”