Idaho's gas tax bill places financial burden on passenger vehicles

LEWISTON, ID - Idaho's Trucking Association has proposed a hike on the current gas tax, however Triple-A leaders said the proposed bill is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.

The bill would raise Idaho's 25-cent-per-gallon gas tax by two-cents a year for three years in order to raise $53-million for some much needed road work. Triple-A Spokesman Dave Carlson said while there's a need to fund Idaho's transportation shortfall, the proposed bill puts the financial burden on passenger vehicles, not long-haul trucks.

"The long-haul trucking industry is paying well under their fair share by 27%," said Carlson. "Cars are overpaying by 26% and when you look at it, you would have to raise the diesel tax substantially to put cars and trucks on an equity basis."

Carlson said it's been about 15-years since the state passed any changes to the gas tax or registration fees, and because of that there are about $262-million worth of road and bridge projects that need to be done.