Idaho truck laws covering credentials, hazmat loads take effect
June 30, 2020
Two bills signed into law earlier this year by Idaho Gov. Brad Little cover truck operations. The new rules take effect on Wednesday, July 1.
The first new law will result in an increase to the hazardous material endorsement fee.
Idaho now collects a $10 fee on hazmat endorsements.
The new law increases the rate to $15 per endorsement.
Officials said the increase is necessary to meet the funding needs of the hazmat/hazardous waste transportation enforcement fund. Additionally, they said more funds are needed for personnel and equipment costs for the five Idaho State Police hazardous materials officers.
Supporters said the current annual endorsement fees, and the $20 single trip and $250 annual fee for hazardous waste endorsement do not fully support the state’s hazmat program.
The fee increase is estimated to raise $266,400 annually. The additional revenue is intended to cover costs and to ensure the fund is sustainable for the future.
A separate new law authorizes the Idaho Transportation Department to provide electronic credentials for trucking operations.
Advocates said the change will provide improved customer service and allow customers to receive their credentials electronically, without waiting for paper documents to be delivered via mail.
The new law permits registrants to continue to be able to choose to receive their credentials by mail.
The highway department said the practice aligns with recent changes to the International Registration Plan, which provides the option of carrying an electronically issued IRP cab card or the paper proof.
Officials tout increased efficiency by making electronic credentials available. Specifically, they said customers will receive their registration quicker, they can self-issue credentials online, and the Motor Carrier Services and the port of entry locations will no longer need special printers and embedded decal forms.
Fiscally, the change is estimated to be revenue-neutral.