NH kills bills to aid turnpike motorists

| 2/3/2003

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.