Ironic Trade-Of f

When Congress passed the nickel gas tax, designed to save the nation's crumbling highway system, it offered a trade-off to the depressed trucking industry. To be sure, truckers will be paying more not only for fuel but also for user fees, which will balloon from $210 a year to $1,900 (in 1987) for the biggest rigs. But in return they will now be allowed to drive outsize double-trailer trucks on the full length of the interstate highway system and on most of the nation's 230,000 miles of "primary" federal and state roads. Previously, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois barred the big rigs...

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