Idaho OKs permanent trailer plates

| 3/26/2007

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has signed a bill into law that provides for permanent registration for trailers and semi-trailers in the state.

The new law, previously HB38, replaces the current rule that allows an extended registration of up to seven years.

Supporters say the new law will reduce the amount of time and paperwork needed by both the trucking industry and the Idaho Department of Transportation for registration of commercial trailers. It also will help the industry avoid citations and the need to purchase temporary trip permits due to expired trailer registrations.

An analysis of the bill said there are about 1,200 seven-year plates issued annually to renew trailer registrations at $112. Eliminating the fee could cost the state more than $19,000 in annual revenue. The loss in revenue is expected to be partly offset by the elimination of administrative costs associated with the plate program.