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2/27/2003
SPECIAL REPORT: Oklahoma extends tag and IFTA deadlines

Truckers tagged in Oklahoma may be running the roads with expired plates for as long as 30 days, but the Oklahoma Tax Commission staffers say it should be OK. The tax commission has officially notified International Registration Plan (IRP) jurisdictions that Oklahoma's enforcement date for tags expiring Dec. 31, 2002, has been extended to April 1, 2003.

The Feb. 26 directive from OTC's Motor Vehicle Director Russ Nordstrom said the state's "strict enforcement of motor carrier requirements" was responsible for a delay in processing qualified Oklahoma registrants.

OTC asked that Oklahoma-apportioned vehicles with expired tags be spared enforcement action until April 1.

The extended deadline is not without complications. Oklahoma has a practice of not allowing International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) registrants to renew their accounts until the IRP account has been approved. But the OTC says it has asked other state and provincial IFTA members to delay enforcement action on expired stickers until April 1.

The memo also advised those jurisdictions that many IRP and IFTA applicants have been denied Oklahoma registration due to new rules governing established place of business. Those trucking applicants are seeking to register elsewhere.

--by Sandi Soendker, managing editor

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