Missouri rejects higher diesel tax, truck fees

| 3/1/2002

The Missouri Senate has rejected a proposal to raise diesel fuel taxes and trucking fees. Lawmakers cited concerns that some trucking firms would be driven out of the state if the bill became law.

SB946, sponsored by Sen. Ken Jacob (D-Columbia), sought to increase diesel fuel tax from 17 cents to 20 cents, commercial truck registration fees by 30 percent, trip permits from $10 to $14.50 and CDL fees from $40 to $60 annually.

Jacob also sought to lower the speed limit for heavy trucks to 65 mph from 70 mph on rural interstates and freeways. The proposal never received a vote because it was ruled out of order for going beyond the scope of the bill.