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