Lower Fees For Trucks Draw Scrutiny from Car Owners

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    A prospective buyer looks under the hood of the Chevy Silverado hybrid gasoline-electric pickup truck.

    Texans may love their pickups, but a top state transportation official says it's not fair for truck owners to pay lower state registration fees.

    State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, wants to overhaul the schedule of registration fees that charges truck owners about $4 less than car owners.

    Lawmakers this year took steps to make fees for most vehicles a flat $50.75 a year, but didn't implement the changes until Sept. 1, 2011.

    Pickett and House and Senate colleagues will soon hold joint hearings on transportation funding, and registration stickers are being discussed. The first meeting is Feb. 1 in Austin.