- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Transportation has asked lawmakers to change how weigh stations are managed in hopes of capturing the $56 million a year that analysts say the state is losing to truckers who don’t pay fees.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1JxJsJL ) that members of the House Transportation and Public Works Committee expressed support Friday for the proposal, which would put Transportation Department employees in charge of the state’s ports of entries. The change would allow state police to focus on truck inspections.

State officials say they know some truck drivers don’t purchase trucking permits, which are sold at the state’s 19 weigh stations. The proposal would increase enforcement, but also make permits more readily available through online permitting.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com



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