It could cost some commercial drivers and other residents in
Wisconsin more to register their vehicles if a state Department of
Transportation budget proposal is adopted. Large truck owners appear not to be
affected by the proposed fee hike.
The agency is eyeing up to a 65 percent increase in truck
and other vehicle registration fees in its 2007-2009 biennial budget request.
Higher driver's license costs also are being considered.
Gov. Jim Doyle and the state's Legislature would need to
approve the changes before they could take effect.
Revenue from the higher registration fees, which some have
estimated will total $208 million for two years, would go for work on
Interstate 94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois border, The Associated Press
reported. Funds also would be made available for maintaining the current
highway system and local aid programs.
The driver's license fee increase would be earmarked for
costs associated with new federal requirements designed to make the cards more
Frank Busalacchi, director of the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation, cited higher fuel prices that have driven up the costs of many
goods and services for the increased fee proposals, The AP reported.
Trucks weighing between 6,001 pounds and 8,000 pounds would
have their registration fees increase from $77.50 to $112. Fees for trucks
weighing between 4,501 pounds and 6,000 pounds would rise from $61.50 to $89.
Smaller trucks would face an $80 fee, up from $48.50.
Car registration fees would climb from $55 to $80. Driver's
license fees would increase from $24 to $34.