bill awaiting a vote before the Oklahoma Senate would use truck fees to
refurbish and eventually replace weigh stations in the state. If approved, it
would head to Gov. Brad Henry.
by Rep. Fred Perry, R-Tulsa, the bill overwhelmingly passed the House in late
March. It calls for diverting several million dollars from overweight and
oversize permit fees that now go to the state’s general fund to a special weigh
permit fees were originally designed to go to a maintenance of the
truck/highway weigh stations, but during the oil bust of 1985, the Legislature
was looking for money under every rock and diverted the fee revenue to the
general fund,” Perry, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said in a
statement. “It you look at the weigh stations as you drive our highways, you
will see that the weigh buildings, scales and the ramps leading to them are
dilapidated. By putting the money back where it belongs, we can change that.”
said funds would also be used to enhance the permit system, which, in turn,
would raise fee revenue.
company personnel are sometimes kept on the phone for as long as two hours
waiting to order a permit,” Perry said. Combined with long lines at stations,
he said that, “some truckers are avoiding the state, which costs us lost sales
tax revenue and permit revenue.”
said there would eventually be enough revenue to build new weigh stations that
would be more strategically located.
weigh stations are also unsafe with traffic backed up onto the highway. This is
because the weigh station on-ramps were set up for 1950s traffic, when the
stations were originally built,” he said.
to the bill’s vote on the House floor, Perry passed out photos of old,
dilapidated stations and dozens of trucks lined up to be weighed. The bill –
HB1967 – passed 92-5.