Rigged for a Collision Course

Many states defy Washington by closing roads to monster trucks

When Congress last December passed the 5¢-per-gal. increase in the gasoline tax, designed to patch the nation's pothole-pocked highway system, it made a deal with the trucking industry. In addition to having to pay more at the pump beginning April 1, truckers found their highway-use taxes and registration fees raised, as of July 1984, from $240 a year to $1,600 for the largest rigs. As a palliative, Congress created rules to permit tandem-trailer trucks, some of them 40 tons in weight when loaded, unprecedented access to the interstate highway system and most...

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