has extended the deadline for in-state truckers to pay the Commercial
to a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s Office, the state
is delaying the deadline for intrastate trucks to pay the fee till
Dec. 31, 60 days after the original deadline, Nov. 1.
fee, which runs as high as $1,005, was imposed by the state in July.
It is essentially a 36 percent increase in the registration fee
for trucks and was passed as part of Senate Bill 841.
trucks that run all of their miles in the state, last year’s fee
of $2,790 was increased by $1,005 to a new total of $3,795. Some
in-state truckers found out earlier this year that they would have
to pay the fee by Nov. 1 or lose plates they already paid for this
with IRP plates will not be billed for the fee till their plates
come due in March.
Klemens, a spokesman with the Department of Revenue, said the extension
was the result of negotiations between trucking industry officials
and Brian Hamer, the state’s director of revenue.
industry said, we don’t have enough time, and Brian listened to
them and tried to be reasonable,” Klemens said.
Department of Revenue contacted the organizations it worked with
to officially inform them about the extension, as well as any truck
owners who contacted the department to ask for an extension. However,
the department does not have any plans to send a letter to all those
who received the September letter informing them of the fee.
not sure we could get out a letter in time,” Klemens said. “If we
had time, we’d send everybody a letter, but by the time we got all
the letters generated and in the mail, they’d have already paid
official notification was also posted on the department’s Web site, www.iltax.com.
department can only offer an extension, Klemens confirmed. Any further
action, such as a payment plan, would have to involve action by
the General Assembly.
fee increase has caused enormous consternation among Illinois-based
truckers. Several meetings have been held in the Chicago area, and
a number of truckers and trucking companies have indicated the fee
may force them to move out of the state.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
Reddig can be reached at email@example.com.