To help curve the $3.8 billion worth of road work in Nevada, truckers may soon be required to pay a weight-distance tax of 15 cents-per-mile, Land Line Magazine
reports.The Nevada Assembly Transportation Committee approved a bill which would tax trucks weighing more than 55,000 pounds, including garbage trucks and cement haulers.The levy could generate $1.3 billion through 2015.The bill would increase revenue by another $87 million in the same period by tacking on a 2-percent state tax on car rentals.Supporters say imposing more tax on the trucking industry is a better way to fund road work than fuel taxes. The charges more accurately reflect the wear and tear on roads caused by individual vehicles, they say.According to Land Line Magazine
, opponents say truckers already pay 40 percent of the fuel taxes and fees that fund transportation in the state. They also say a weight-distance tax would make Nevada the most expensive state within the trucking industry.