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April 18, 2003   Email to Friend 

TRUCK TAG PROPOSAL COULD COST FARMERS MORE MONEY
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
April 18, 2003

MONTGOMERY, Ala., A bill that has been introduced in the House and Senate could cause some pickup truck owners, including many farmers, to pay more for their tags. The Alabama Farmers Federation opposes the bill as written.

HB 484 and SB 420, sponsored by Rep. John Robinson, D- Scottsboro, and Sen. Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega, would reduce the weight class for F1 tags from 30,000 pounds maximum load limit to 26,000 pounds. The proposed legislation would increase the weight range for F2 tags (now 23,001 to 42,000) to 26,001 to 42,000.

Officials have estimated the change would affect about 800 pickup trucks in the state currently classified in the lower weight range. The change would increase the tag costs by $55 for the affected vehicles.

Because of the proposed changes, pleasure class trucks would get a decrease and farm trucks would get an increase in the price of F2 tags. HB 484 is assigned to the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee. SB 420 is in the Senate Commerce, Transportation and Utilities Committee.

Both sponsors have agreed to delay further action on the bills pending discussions with representatives of the Alabama Farmers Federation, Probate Judges Association and the Alabama Department of Revenue


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