More trucks means more road repairs needed
A new tax law in Pennsylvania will see increased spending on infrastructure improvements, which will help the number of commercial truck drivers on the road each year.
“This is an investment in the safety of our citizens and the progress of our economy,” said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in a press release last month. “It will create more jobs and keep Pennsylvanians moving across safe, world-class highways and bridges.”
TruckingInfo.com reported that the new tax law will “invests $2.3 to $2.4 billion into the state’s roads and bridges by the fifth year of the plan” with “partial funding for the new transportation package being derived from the elimination of the flat 12-cent fuel tax and uncapping of the wholesale, oil company franchise tax.”
Pennsylvania law states that revenues from fuel taxes must be directed to highway and bridge-related costs and state police patrol functions and not used for any other purpose, according to TruckingInfo.com.
Trucking officials across the country have been urging lawmakers to find ways to make improvements to roads and bridges, many of which are in need of repair. The need for infrastructure improvements will only get bigger as more vehicles hit the road each year.