A recent law passed in
California is responsible for refunds to state base-plated trucking companies.
Checks totaling $5.8 million began going out in the mail to California motor
carriers in February 2000, but some owner-operators may not have received
The refunds are the result
of a new law establishing a vehicle license fee (VLF) in lieu of any ad valorem
property tax on vehicles. International Registration Plan (IRP) registrants
were just beginning to receive refunds from California on their base plate
fee in November 2001. State officials with the IRP say the process is taking
much longer to accomplish than originally intended and that some California-based
owner-operators have not received a refund because the rebate checks were
mailed to the current business owner or carrier who may have initially paid
base plate fees, but ultimately charged back cost of base plates to the owner-operator.
The state says rebate
checks are mailed only to the current business address on file. The carrier
to whom you were leased may have received a refund. If you, the truck owner,
paid for the base plates, contact Brenda Palmer, special projects manager
for the IRP. She will track your refund. You may contact her at (916) 657-6462.