For the common wealth? Virginia proposes oversize permit hikes

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Monday, November 10, 2008

Virginia officials have proposed increases for oversize, overweight permit fees, not long after the commonwealth’s General Assembly called for such fees to take road damage and maintenance into account.

The fees would increase single-trip fee permits from $12 to $20, and increase blanket one-year permits from $45 to $100, and two-year blanket permits from $85 to $200. Overweight trucks also pay an additional mileage fee.

Virginia is holding an open comment period on the proposed fee increase until Dec. 27. Comments may be mailed to:
Ron Thompson, DMV senior policy analyst
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269

Comments can also be phoned in to 804-367-1844, or faxed to 804-367-6631. E-mail comments to ronald.thompson@dmv.virginia.gov. A public hearing on the proposed increases is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Mary Pretlow Library, 111 West Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk VA.

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The increased fees are expected to generate an additional $1 million in revenue for the state’s DMV.

It was unclear Monday, Nov. 10, whether the additional mileage fee for overweight trucks would stay at 10 cents per mile, or would increase. The proposed regulation refers users to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Web site, which lists 10 cents per mile.

Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly approved HB1551, which called for a review of the state’s commercial oversize and overweight fees to determine “what, if any, additional fees should be associated with damage and additional maintenance costs caused by such vehicles.”

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