Alabama trucking companies embrace gas tax increase

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ASHFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — With the fuel prices expected to go up, you can expect the cost of pretty much anything to rise also.

However, there is one group of people who are excited to see the gas prices rise. 

One trucking company said that the gas tax increase will be a big thing for them. 

The trucking industry is considered among the most taxed and pays nearly half of the tab into the Federal Highway Trust Fund.

“Plain and simple, it has a lot to do with the fact that, I think there was a professor who was doing a study, and he said it best, it’s where we work,” said Chris Lasseter, general manager of Summerford.  

The Alabama Trucking Association has been saying that raising the fuel tax is the best way to improve the roads and bridges that they drive on every day. 

“We have routes that we can’t take now because of the roads because the bridges can’t take the weight of the truck,” Lasseter said. “They’re basically impassable, so it would greatly increase what we’re able to do.”

While it might be a good investment for these companies, consumers may see a rise in costs for the things they purchase. 

“You know, you have to pass the cost along to your customer, and if it’s a truck full of cereal, think about how many boxes of cereal is on a truck,” Lasseter said. “So, it spreads out greatly. It’s not like it’s going to be an astronomical change that will be passed on to the consumer.”

One Dothan businessman tells me that dealing with such changes is a part of doing business. 

“We hope that the increase isn’t going to be so much that we don’t have to pass that cost on to our customers,” Owner of Stix and Cones, Brett Smith, said. 

All 65 members of the Alabama Trucking Association voted “yes” to supporting the increase.

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