AN ACT establishing a road usage fee and making an appropriation therefor.


SPONSORS: Rep. Major, Rock. 14; Rep. Almy, Graf. 13; Rep. Graham, Hills. 7; Rep. Abrami, Rock. 19; Rep. Wall, Straf. 6; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20


COMMITTEE: Public Works and Highways






This bill establishes a road usage fee for motor vehicles registered to travel on New Hampshire roads based on the equivalent miles per gallon of the vehicle.  The fee is collected at the time of annual registration of the vehicle and deposited in the highway fund.  The bill also makes an appropriation to the department of safety to implement the road usage fee.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen


AN ACT establishing a road usage fee and making an appropriation therefor.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  New Section; Motor Vehicles; Road Usage Fee.  Amend RSA 260 by inserting after section 32-c the following new section:

260:32-d  Road Usage Fee.

I.  Except as provided by paragraph II, the owner of each New Hampshire motor vehicle which has an equivalent miles per gallon (MPG) more than 20 MPG shall be required to pay a road usage fee at the time of registration of the vehicle, other than temporary registration, with a registration agent.  The road usage fee shall be based on a vehicle that travels 10,000 miles per year and averages 20 MPG.  Such a base vehicle would use 500 gallons of fuel and pay $111 per year in road toll.  The road usage fee for such base vehicle is $0.  The road usage fee for all other vehicles shall be $111 minus the New Hampshire road toll paid per year based on 10,000 miles of travel.

II.  The road usage fee shall not apply to motorcycles as defined in RSA 259:63, mopeds as defined in RSA 259:57, off highway recreational vehicles as defined in RSA 259:69, and motor vehicles that are model year 1985 or older.

III.  The department of safety, in conjunction with the department of transportation, shall develop and maintain a system which links the United States Environmental Protection Agency's MPG data system with the department of safety's vehicle identification number (VIN) data system, allowing registration agents to collect the road usage fee established in amounts based on the following MPG ranges:

MPG range at 10,000 miles per year

20 or less

greater than 20 to 30

greater than 30 to 40

greater than 40 to 50

greater than 50

no gasoline

IV.  The registration agent may retain $1 of each road usage fee collected in compensation for the administrative costs of collecting the fee.  The remainder of the fees shall be remitted to the state treasurer for deposit, net of any "Apportionment A" allocated to the local highway aid fund for distribution under RSA 235:23, I, in the highway fund.

2  Implementation of Road Usage Fee.  Before April 1, 2020, the commissioner of safety, in conjunction with the commissioner of transportation, shall develop the linked data system required under RSA 260:32-d as inserted by section 1 of this act and adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A to establish road usage fees based on the requirements and mileage per gallon ranges (MPG) established in RSA 260:32-d, I and III.

3  Appropriation; Department of Safety.  The sum of $330,000 is hereby appropriated to the department of safety for the biennium ending June 30, 2021, for the purpose of implementing the provisions of this act.  The appropriation shall be a charge against the highway fund and is in addition to any other funds appropriated to the department of safety.

4  Effective Date.

I.  Section 1 of this act shall take effect April 1, 2020.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.









AN ACT establishing a road usage fee and making an appropriation therefor.


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Funding Source:

  [      ] General                      [      ] Education                      [ X ] Highway                    [ X ] Other - Restricted Cost of Collections*

*Pursuant to Part II, article 6-a of the New Hampshire constitution, any costs associated with the collection and administration of Highway Funds by the Department of Safety shall be deducted by the Department before such funds are credited to the Highway Fund as unrestricted revenue.