Connecticut Lawmakers Approve Plan to Slap Truckers With $90M Per Year Mileage Tax
Hartford, CT – Connecticut lawmakers have approved legislation that will impose a hefty highway use tax (HUT) on heavy trucks beginning in 2023.
According to the details of the bill, operators would be charged a rate, determined by the weight of the truck, for the number of miles driven in the state.
“For each calendar month commencing on or after January 1, 2023, a tax is imposed on every carrier for the privilege of operating or causing to be operated an eligible motor vehicle on any highway of the state,” the legislation reads.
Specifically, the Connecticut HUT will be imposed on classifications 8 through 13 (weighing 26,000 pounds and above).
Rates will increase incrementally from 2.5 cents per mile at 26,000 pounds to 10 cents per mile at 78,001 pounds.
Operators of trucks which are classified overweight (over 80,000 pounds) will pay an additional 7.5 cents for a total of 17.5 cents per mile.
The annualized projected revenue of the new plan is approximately $90 million per year.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) proposed the plan to target truckers earlier this year arguing the HUT was needed because heavy trucks will add an additional $1.52 billion in maintenance and repair costs to the state’s infrastructure over the next 40 years.
On Tuesday, the bill was approved by the Connecticut House of Representatives in an 88 to 59 vote, and then today by the State Senate in a 22 to 14 vote.
Gov. Lamont is expected to quickly sign the HUT legislation into law.
The Highway User Fee is an infrastructure investment to make Connecticut’s roads and bridges safer, strengthen our growing economy, and provide greater support to public transit. I commend the General Assembly for the bill’s passage and look forward to signing it. pic.twitter.com/vMn1W4d9uf
— Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) June 9, 2021
This is hardly Gov. Lamont’s first attempt to stick it to truckers.
You will likely recall that it was only last February when Gov. Lamont failed to cobble together enough votes to pass a trucks-only tolling plan projected to raise $200 million in new revenue for infrastructure improvements.
The plan, known as CT2030, called for a “high-speed gantry” trucks-only tolling system to be constructed along a dozen Connecticut highway bridges.
Tractor-trailers would have been charged tolls as high as $12.80.
Despite deploying a series of political maneuvers critics called “absurd” and “disgusting,” Gov. Lamont and his Democratic allies ultimately abandoned the idea.