NH kills bills to aid turnpike motorists

| Friday, January 31, 2003

The Public Works and Highways Committee in the New Hampshire House of Representatives killed two bills Jan. 21 that would have benefited turnpike motorists who use the upcoming E-ZPass electronic toll collection system.

Both bills were introduced a scant 12 days earlier by State Rep. Robert L'Heureux (R-Merrimack) and were rejected as inexpedient to legislate following a Jan. 21 committee hearing.

HB136 would have credited E-ZPass accounts with the interest earned on money held in the accounts.

HB137 would have given E-ZPass users the same 50 percent discount four-wheelers now receive when purchasing tokens. In addition, it would have increased the truckers' discount from the 30 percent they now get for buying tokens to 50 percent for using E-ZPass.

The NHDOT opposed the bill, saying increasing the truckers' discount would cost the state more than $1 million in lost revenue in fiscal year 2005.