HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES TRUCK TAG BILL TO HELP FARMERS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A bill that will help farmers hauling their harvest and equipment sponsored by State Rep. Alan Boothe, R-Troy, was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives Thursday.
|Alabama Farmers Federation Jimmy Parnell, left, and Rep. Alan Boothe, R-Troy.|
Under existing law, a farmer may obtain only one F4 farm tag (for trucks with a gross vehicle weight over 42,000 pounds). Boothe’s bill, HB44, removes the limit on the number of tags a farmer can purchase.
Currently, one F4 tag costs $250 annually. Should a farmer need additional tags, those can cost up to $800 each. By removing the limitations of one tag, farmers can save as much as $550 on each tag.
“Trucks used to haul harvested crops and equipment are only on the road for short periods of time, generally in the planting and harvest seasons,” said David Cole of the Alabama Farmers Federation. “The existing law treats these trucks just like common carriers that are on the road every day, year round. Farmers shouldn’t have to pay a premium price for a truck tag on a vehicle that is parked much of the year.”
Cole, who is the Federation’s director of State Legislative Programs for the House of Representatives, praised Boothe for his leadership in the House and for his willingness to help farmers.
“Rep. Boothe understands the importance agriculture has to our state, especially Pike County,” Cole said. “Agriculture is our state’s largest industry. We appreciate his support of farmers.”
The bill now heads to the Senate, where Cole said he is optimistic about passage.
“We have encouraged our farmers to contact their senators and ask them to support HB 44,” Cole said.
The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state’s largest farm organization with 385,000 members.
Click here to view a copy of the bill.