New study cites cost of Houston’s proposed truck fee plan

| Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A proposed city ordinance in Houston that would put stiff new fees on certain trucks would cause the loss of more than 20,000 jobs and create more than $1 billion in economic damage, according to a study by the Port of Houston Authority.

The proposed city ordinance would establish new permit fees for overweight and oversize trucks ranging from $145 for a single trip to more than $1,200 for a two-year permit.

The councilman who proposed the ordinance claims he did so after his constituents complained about road damage caused by overweight trucks.

The council could vote on the proposal Dec. 5.

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