Virginia transportation taxes, truck parking changes looming?

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 11/27/2013

Some Virginia lawmakers are already filing bills for consideration during the regular session that begins in about six weeks. Notable efforts include bills to repeal state transportation taxes and prohibit truck parking.

Delegate Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, filed a bill that would repeal the five-year, $6 billion transportation funding plan approved during the spring. The plan increased state taxes and fees and regional taxes and fees in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.

Cline said the transportation plan signed into law “is wrong for the commonwealth, businesses, and its citizens.”

HB3 calls for the road funding provisions to expire July 1 when the state’s next fiscal year begins.

The transportation funding plan overhauls how the state collects tax on fuel. Gasoline sales will include a 3.5 percent wholesale tax, and diesel purchases will include a 6 percent levy. The tax rates will rise with inflation.

Other components include an increase in the state’s general sales tax for transportation work. A regional component allows certain areas to collect additional taxes for local projects.

“Once we remove these higher taxes from families and businesses, we can then work together to enact meaningful transportation reforms for all of Virginia,” Cline said in a news release.

Another bill, HB2, would prioritize money allocated in the five-year plan for Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia.

The additional revenue could amount to another $200 million each year for the regions.

Delegate Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, filed a bill that would emphasize projects that “provide the greatest congestion reduction relative to the cost.”

One more bill would add to the state’s list of communities that regulate or prohibit truck parking.

Currently, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax Hanover, Stafford and Prince William and the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna have authority to enact ordinances to regulate or prohibit truck parking in residential areas.

Delegate Thomas Wright Jr, R-Amelia, has filed HB9, a bill that would add the town of Blackstone to the list.

OOIDA says that communities and state DOTs should put a greater emphasis on adding parking and making safe parking more available for truckers.

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