Oklahoma district judge Dan Owens upheld Oklahoma's newly written
regulations that will restrict out-of-state trucking companies
from registering in the state. The rules had been challenged
by ProCert Inc., a company that helps out-of-state trucking
companies tag their trucks in Oklahoma.
Registration Plan (IRP) told Oklahoma in December if the rules
were not changed regarding place of business, the IRP would
impose sanctions. The Oklahoma Tax Commission complied by writing
new rules, but a quick legal move by Oklahoma service agencies,
ProCert Inc. and two other companies, produced a temporary injunction,
essentially putting a screeching halt to OTC's new rules before
the ink was dry.
the implementation of the new rules did not happen by the deadline
issued by the IRP Board, the IRP went forward with the sanctions
on April 1, notifying other state and province IRP members to
withhold reciprocity fees. Those fees amount to as much as $1.2
million a month.
decision was a bitter pill for the agencies that helped out-of-state
trucking companies register in Oklahoma. They say they will
be put out of business by the decision. ProCert's president,
Chris Gorman, Oklahoma City, said he was a fighter and would
not give up. "We are looking at what we can do," ProCert's
attorney, Newt Cunningham III, told Land Line on Monday.