SB 0271 Restricts big trucks to 65 mph on interstates and increases diesel fuel tax and other registration fees
LR Number:0059S.01I Fiscal Note:0059-01
Last Action:01/23/03 - Second Read and Referred S Transportation Committee Journal page:S129
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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SB 271 - This act imposes an additional tax of 3 cents on diesel fuel (making the motor fuel tax on diesel 20 cents per gallon). Based on last year's figures, a 3 cent tax on diesel would generate approximately $27.348 million dollars of which $19.144 million would go to the state.

This act raises registration fees on beyond local commercial motor vehicles by approximately 30%. This act raises fee for trip permits from $10 to $14.50. This act raises the fee for issuing or renewing a commercial driver's license from $40 to $60. This act also raises the fee for a duplicate CDL from $20 to $30.

This act limits trucks registered over 48,000 pounds to 65 mph on rural freeways and interstates. The current law on rural interstates is 70 mph. A person operating a truck in excess of 65 mph shall be fined a fine of $100 for every five miles in which the operator exceeds 65 mph in addition to all other fines and court costs imposed for the speeding violation.

This act requires the Division of Motor Carrier and Railroad Safety to charge a docket fee of $200.