Trucking Association is suing the state tax agency to stop its
crackdown on Alabama-based trucks that have registered in Oklahoma.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, seeks an injunction to
halt the department's ticketing program.
enforcement officers from the Alabama Department of Revenue reportedly
started issuing tickets to Alabama-based trucks with Oklahoma
tags. The department allegedly accused truckers of obtaining improper
registrations from Oklahoma, where the property and sales taxes
companies argue that at the time they registered, Oklahoma permitted
trucking companies to register their fleets through agents in
the state. Oklahoma has since changed its policy, leaving truckers
to argue that they should be able to use their one-year registrations
until they expire because they were purchased legally.
officials want the money that's being diverted to Oklahoma and
they want it now, refusing to consider the "it was legal"
argument. They point to an Oklahoma grand jury investigation of
the agent system that has resulted in felony indictments against
three agents and four workers from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.