According to the Detroit Free Press, on Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder said that Michigan should review the fee the state charges for overweight truck permits, saying that the “nominal” permit fees don’t account for how much overweight trucks “chew up the state’s roads.”
The current overweight permit is $50.00. Neighboring states charge as much as $1,435.
In addition, the Detroit Free Press states that revenue from overweight fines currently does not go toward road repairs. Instead, the revenue from overweight fines goes to the state’s library system!
Snyder says that’s it’s too early to say whether or not the fees should be increased, but that they need to be reevaluated. However, Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser, the committee vice chairwoman said that the fees need to be adjusted.
“We’re looking at adjusting some of those fees,” Schmidt told the Free Press. However, “you could double them and it’s not going to make much difference.”