Registration Plan has awarded Illinois $6.3 million in a dispute with Oklahoma
over registration fees.
grew out of Oklahoma’s administration of its IRP program, which allowed
out-of-state truckers to base plate in Oklahoma, a state with substantially
lower registration fees. Many of the truckers used post offices boxes or
registered using third-party agents.
recent court cases have revealed that private companies had falsified some
truckers’ mileage reports, upon which the distribution of IRP funds is
based. The IRP is an interstate compact that regulates the payments of
truck registration fees, with a portion of the fees going to each state
a trucker drives in based on the percentage of his total miles he runs
in that state.
Secretary of State Jesse White filed a claim more than three years ago
against Oklahoma over the out-of-state truck registrations and false mileage
estimates, his office said in a statement.
IRP’s Dispute Resolution Committee ruled that Oklahoma’s practice of allowing
out-of-state truckers to base plate there was not in compliance with the
interstate pact; that fall, the IRP ordered Oklahoma to change its ways.
Resolution Committee ruled recently that Oklahoma must pay Illinois $6.3
million to compensate for the losses. Illinois will keep $3.1 million in
fees it had already withheld from Oklahoma; officials in Springfield plan
to pursue the rest, as well as 4 percent interest on the unpaid fees and
a 10 percent penalty if the outstanding fees aren't paid within 45 days.
said that if Oklahoma did not pay the money, Illinois would continue to
withhold registration fees that would normally be due to Oklahoma until
the full amount is collected.
the case is not entirely closed yet. According to Pantagraph.com, Oklahoma
officials have filed an appeal asking a federal court in the western district
of Oklahoma to overturn the decision.
plans to deposit any money it recovers in the case into its road fund.