Truckers who also own motorcycles could recoup a bit of
their costs of business during their free time in Oklahoma if proposed
legislation is signed into law in the state.
State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, plans to file a bill
that would reduce tolls 50 percent for all motorcyclists traveling Oklahoma turnpikes.
Wesselhoft said he doesn't think it's fair that
motorcyclists pay the same price as passenger vehicles to use toll roads
because they cause less wear and tear on the pavement. Bikes also cause less
pollution and are more fuel-efficient, he said.
"We don't make cars pay the same toll as buses or
semi-trucks because we know they don't do as much damage - the same savings
should be in place for motorcycles in comparison to cars," Wesselhoft said in a
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority determines toll rates based
on the number of axles a vehicle has, but it puts motorcycles and four-wheelers
in the same category.
Wesselhoft is proposing a motorcycle rate for turnpike tolls
that is 50 percent less than the charge for two-axle vehicles. While
motorcyclists would get a break, five-axle trucks would continue to pay about
four times as much as two-axle vehicles.
Wesselhoft said lower rates for motorcyclists would
encourage more bike traffic in the state and offset any loss of revenue
resulting from cutting the tolls.