Alabama truck tag bill clears House

| Friday, February 24, 2006

The Alabama House unanimously approved a bill this month that would establish a permanent trailer plate in the state. The plate would stay with the vehicle until the trailer was resold or placed out-of-service.

Existing Alabama law requires trailers to be retagged annually. State law also subjects trailers to an annual $20 registration fee. The bill would provide for trailer registrants to obtain a permanent plate for $60.

Sponsored by Rep. Ronald Johnson, R-Sylacauga, the bill also would provide for a multi-year tractor tag for tractor-trailer combinations registered under the International Registration Plan. The multi-year tag would be good for up to five years.

In addition, Johnson’s bill would increase the annual registration fee for vehicles with a gross weight between 73,281 and 80,000 pounds by $35 – from $780 to $815. Vehicles with a gross weight more than 80,000 pounds would see the fee increase $45 – from $845 to $890.

The bill – HB154 – has been sent to the Senate for further consideration.

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