bill to raise the weight-based IRP fee in California has passed
the Assembly and is now before the Senate.
would increase the total fee from $1,700 to $2,420, an increase
of 42 percent. Truckers who run all their miles in California
would pay the entire fee; those who run part of their miles there
would pay based on what percentage of their total miles they run
Line first reported on the possible increase June 18.
Gore, a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance, said that because
of a new law in the year 2000, California changed from calculating
its fee categories based on unladen weight to using laden weight,
which put it in compliance with how most member states in the
International Registration Plan operate. The plan is an agreement
among states and Canadian provinces that manages reciprocal registration
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
passed the House 47-0. It is now on the Senate floor awaiting
final approval. There is no vote scheduled yet, and the Senate
could act any time before September.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
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