Gov. Bob Riley has signed a bill into law that establishes permanent
plates for trailers in Alabama. Once issued, a plate will stay with a trailer
until it is resold or placed out-of-service.
Before heading to the governor’s desk, the bill – HB154 – won unanimous
support in the House and passed the Senate 35-20.
Existing Alabama law requires trailers to be retagged annually. State
law subjects trailers to an annual $20 registration fee. The new rule, which
takes effect Oct. 1, provides for trailer registrants to obtain a permanent
plate for $60.
Sponsored by Rep. Ronald Johnson, R-Sylacauga, it also provides for a
multi-year tractor tag for tractor-trailer combinations registered under the
International Registration Plan. The multi-year tag will be good for up to five
In addition, Johnson’s effort increases 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 will see the
fee increase $45 – from $845 to $890.