Effective March 3, hazardous
materials registration fees for motor carriers will be reduced.
Large truck companies’ fees
will be reduced from $2,000 a year to $300 a year, and small carriers'
fees will be decreased from $250 to $150 a year.
In addition, any company
that prepaid its fees for the next two years will receive a refund.
The Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs
Administration (RSPA) published the final rule to lower the fees.
The existing fees added
up to a surplus that couldn't legally be spent on the Hazardous
Materials Emergency Preparedness Training Grant program; DOT had
intended to use the money for that purpose. RSPA has collected more
than $21 million in each registration year since 2000; the maximum
amount allowed by Congress for the grant program annually is $14.3
The new fee plan will be
in place three years, the time calculated for the surplus to be