The County of Grande Prairie has earned the right from the province to start collecting a share of the profit made from overweight permit fees. Public Works Superintendent Herb Pfau says the County has been lobbying for about 15 years to receive their cut.
“The province has always charged for overweight vehicles. They kept the money, a lot of it is on the highways, but the municipal government have always lobbied to get some of that money where it belongs, to repair the crushing of local roads.”
Pfau says this revenue splitting is all part of the province’s new Transportation Routing and Vehicle Information System, or TRAVIS. The program also creates a one stop shop for overweight vehicles looking for permits, who in the past had to apply individually per municipality, per trip. The program goes into effect tomorrow.