are making a persistent effort to raise fuel taxes, lower truck
speed limits and increase trucker registration and licensing fees.
Two senators have introduced proposals similar to those that failed
Sen. Ken Jacob
(D-Columbia), the senator who once said he’d like to throw beer
bottles at trucks, is still trying to slow trucks down from 70
mph to 65 mph on interstates, creating a 5 mph difference between
18-wheelers and four-wheelers. SB271 also would raise commercial
vehicle registration fees by 30 percent. Trip permit fees would
jump from $10 to $14.50, while the fee for issuing or renewing
a CDL would increase from $40 to $60. Duplicate CDLs would cost
an extra $10 on top of the current $20 fee.
L. Mathewson (D-Sedalia) introduced a bill to ask Missouri voters
to reconsider their 2002 rejection of higher fuel taxes. Mathewson’s
SJR12 seeks to raise the fuel tax by 4 cents, with the additional
revenue being use exclusively for the payment of state road bonds.