Lawmakers ask if Missoula can charge fees to megaload shipments
State lawmakers are asking what rights local governments have to charge fees to megaload shipments moving through Montana cities and towns.
These vehicles carry enormous pieces of equipment, blocking traffic as they haul their freight often to the tar sands of Canada or the Bakken oil patch.
The legislature’s Revenue and Transportation Interim committee inquired into the fees Tuesday.
Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says the city of Missoula began charging them a few years ago.