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
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