is considering a significant increase in its basic IRP fees for
truckers, raising the cost 42 percent, state officials told Land
Gore, a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance, said because
of a new law in the year 2000, California changed from calculating
its fee categories based on unladen weight to using laden weight.
That action put it in compliance with how most member states in
the International Registration Plan operate. The plan is a reciprocal
agreement among states and Canadian provinces that manages reciprocal
2000 bill in California was supposed to be “revenue neutral,” meaning
it was supposed to neither add nor subtract from the state’s revenue.
But instead, the change left the state highway fund short – some
media reports say as much as $160 million short.
officials calculated that an increase of 42 percent would be necessary
to make up the difference – the exact amount of fee increase being
Business Services unit at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers
Association said the basic fee is now $1,700 on the largest tractor-trailers.
A 42 percent increase would bring that to more than $2,400.
addition to the basic fee, Business Services indicated the state
charges truckers roughly $1,000 in additional fees.
officials told The Sacramento Bee the increase was needed
to keep up with necessary highway improvements in the state.
bill has been introduced yet. Gore said the proposal came out of
a conference committee that was working out differences between
the Assembly and Senate version of the state budget. The Bee reported that the 2000 bill call for an adjustment in the fee
schedule if the new laden weight-based structure didn’t produce
the same amount of revenue as the old system.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
Reddig can be reached at email@example.com.