bill that offers relief to Kentucky truckers who had faced heavy
usage taxes was signed by the governor March 18 and will become
to a spokeswoman for the General Assembly, HB293 is now Chapter
124. The law contains an amendment that would exempt truckers from
the tax, which can run as high as $6,000 on a tractor-trailer.
bill was particularly important to those Kentucky truckers who base
plated their rigs in other states. Recent disputes among members
of the IRP, a reciprocal agreement between states, were forcing
those drivers to get base plated in their home states.
some states imposed a sales tax on trucks, Kentucky’s was a usage
tax, meaning that instead of paying only on the sale or purchase
of a truck, the tax was imposed on the current value of any truck
moving into the state. Some Kentucky truckers would have faced tax
bills in the thousands.
other bills had contained the amnesty provision – HB349 and HB255.
However, HB293 was favored by some in the Legislature because it
called for increases in truck registration fees to make up for the
revenue lost by lowering taxes. Neither of the other bills has approached