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Legislators Looking To Change Truck Weight On Roads

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Legislative leaders have confirmed that they are looking at boosting the diesel tax and want to do something about the weight of trucks on Michigan roads.

Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has new information on what lawmakers are looking at.

State Sen. Mike Kowall (R), Oakland County: "I saw a very large truck, literally pulling up pavement as it went by."

Reporter: "Ask any motorist, they'll blame the big trucks for Michigan's lousy roads."

Two legislative leaders at this conference of local government officials confirm they are looking at changing truck weights.

State Rep. Jase Bolger (R) House Speaker: "this is absolutely part of the conversation. We hear that loud and clear."

Reporter: "do you want to change the weights?" Representative: "absolutely."

State Rep. Tim Greimel, House Democratic Leader: "we have to make sure commercial trucks are paying their fair share."

State Sen. Randy Richardville, Senate Republican Leader: "you gotta be careful what you ask for."

The Senate GOP leader says it is true Michigan allows trucks to carry more weight.

"We have twice as many axles so the amount of weight per axle is the same as other states."

This senator has been in the trucking business for 27 years and he contends big trucks do less damage than smaller trucks, but he concedes emotional motorists don't get it.

State Sen. Tom Casperson (R) Transportation Comm. Chair: "if you start splitting our trucks up now, you double the number of trucks on the highway and people will complain about that."

But everytime lawmakers have tried to lower weight limits, the trucking industry has won.

We'll see if that happens this time.

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