When Lake Area Docks & Lifts wants to transport an oversized boat lift or dock between its store and a lake or river via a trunk highway, it will no longer need to get a special permit each time from the Department of Transportation.
Sponsored by Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) and Sen. Gretchen Hoffman (R-Vergas), a new law will allow the authorization of annual permits for such businesses in the state. A single trip permit costs $15, while the new annual permit will be $120, the same as a current rate for hauling boats. The law is effective May 25, 2011.
Nornes said it will make business a little easier because a dealer won’t need to apply for a permit each time, and it should make consumers happier because their boat lift or dock can be delivered without delay.
MnDOT officials said they could simply revamp the boat permit, instead of expending money to create a whole new permit.
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