Gov. John Baldacci signed legislation May 21 that repeals
the provision requiring permits for 53-foot trailers.
The new law also increases annual registration fees for
semitrailers exceeding 2,000 pounds from $18 to $20. Registration fees would
increase from $10 to $12 under the eight-year and 12-year semipermanent
registration plate program and the 20-year semipermanent semitrailer
registration plate program. No changes were made to the permanent registration
The new law is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2004, but
all route restrictions on such equipment will remain as before.
--by René Tankersley,
René Tankersley can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.