THE BRONX - Drivers who are involved in accidents may be forced to pay the Fire Department of New York to respond from now on.

The FDNY says it plans to bill drivers $490 to respond to a crash or car fire when someone is hurt, $415 for a car fire without injuries and $365 for a crash without injuries.

FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta says without the response charge, he may be forced to close another firehouse.

The FDNY says it expects most drivers will pass the bills on to their insurance companies.

The policy is expected to go into effect July 1,, but there will be a public hearing on the plan Jan. 14.