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Michigan’s heavy trucks catch flak for roads, but they are few and far between

March 17, 2019

Crain’s Detroit Business

Chad Livengood


Whitmer’s road funding proposal did not include any additional fees or fines for heavy commercial trucks, though the Democratic governor is open to discussing that issue with legislators.

“Heavy trucks are going to pay more in diesel … they’re going to pay a lot more,” Whitmer said after speaking at a Detroit Regional Chamber event last week. “But I do think that there’s some work we need to do in terms of weights and that’s something I’ve got to work with the Legislature to get done.”

The head of the Michigan Trucking Association said the industry is not fazed by the prospect of higher taxes, especially for interstate haulers because their diesel fuel taxes and registration fees are spread proportionately among states based on miles traveled.

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