Look at truck registration fees, too

Look at truck registration fees, too

There are 9 comments on the The Morning Call story from Nov 6, 2008, titled Look at truck registration fees, too. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Excerpted from column of Nov. 3 As I have argued previously, studies say one large truck does 9,600 times as much roadway damage as one car, but truckers never pay their fair share.

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Bleed Black and Orange

Allentown, PA

#1 Nov 6, 2008
Sure, tax them more. Only problem with that is those increases will passed on to the consumer. What should be happening is investment in rail infrastructure. More trains mean less truck traffic and road deterioration. Ideally, only the highest priority freight would be shipped by over-the-road trucks and would pay a premium for the service. Trains are more environmentally friendly, don't clog the roads, and cause very few accidents. OK, so they're slower and still require local truck transfer but those trucks are smaller and don't use as much fuel.
E Pool

Schnecksville, PA

#3 Nov 6, 2008
I have a better Idea....... Lets BAN trucks, yea thats the idea. No trucks, less traffic, less damage to our roads.
Oh, I forgot...... no food in the stores, gas at the station or anything anywhere else either!!!
Trucks are what makes america work. They are there for everyones benifit. What do you own that has never been on a truck?? Answer: NOTHING, even the dirt around your house was probably on a truck at one time.
Increse the cost of trucking at your own peral. Can you spell INFLATION..... all costs will simply be passed along as higher freight rates.

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Nov 6, 2008
sounds like a good argument to ship stuff by rail

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Nov 6, 2008
Even the best rail systems usually require trucks to deliver the first or last part of the journey.

As stated above, higher fees on the trucks means higher prices on the goods they transport.
Carpenter likes hairy men

Breinigsville, PA

#6 Nov 6, 2008
America needs trucks stop your complaining. Take your opinion and go F$-CK yourself with it Carpenter. You stupid @$$
Bleed Black and Orange

Allentown, PA

#7 Nov 7, 2008
Carpenter likes hairy men wrote:
America needs trucks stop your complaining. Take your opinion and go F$-CK yourself with it Carpenter. You stupid ****
Somebody get this person a new bowl of Cheerios. The old one has been defiled.

Lake Wales, FL

#8 Nov 11, 2008
It seems the original individual may have been slightly misinformed. PA IRP was correct. Penna gets their proportionate amount towards their $1687.50. And overall, most truckers pay somewhere in the ballpark of $1700 per year for their registration. In addition, they have to pay $550 per truck for heavy highway use tax. They also have to pay Motor Fuel taxes to various states. An average 48 state trucker may pay $500 four times a year for IFTA fees. Then there are various incidental fees that go with being in the business. Not to mention, diesel fuel prices are higher and their mpg is much less. As far as paying their fair share, you'd be surprised at how much the state and federal governments gets from these guys. Instead of taxing more, people might want to call for more accountability from the government regarding how the money is spent.
Todd k Andrews walnutport

Slatington, PA

#9 Nov 12, 2008
hey Paul i read your article on Nov. 7th i never said it was even i said we pay more taxes not only on highway taxes. anyway even if they went to all trains how would you get it to the stores restaurants etc.? i'm sorry i ever read your article an i promise not to do it again!
Mary Polley

Coulterville, IL

#10 Feb 18, 2009
Do you really think trucks are the problem? Get real truck drivers pay more than regular vechicals all around. Do you pay a federal road use tax? That's $550 a year soon to go up. Are you taxed on the miles and fuel you run in every state? Well yes trucks are that is to each state not just the state they are registered in. Cost could be anywhere from $300 to $500 every 4 months. Then depending on the state the truck is licensed in. I live in Illinois and it cost around $3200. a year. How about we charge all the vechicals the same amount to pay for damages? That sounds like a good idea to me. I am tired of everything being the trucks fault. Next time you go shopping ask how the merchandise got there if it came on a truck don't buy it. Then you won't have to worry about trucks tearing up your roads. By the way how much have you paid in taxes for your roads? I am sure any trucker can tell you how much they have paid.

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