The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled April 28 that an exception
to the state’s weight-mile system of taxing trucks is unfair to interstate
truckers and unconstitutional, according to news stories.
The three-judge panel said allowing some in-state haulers of
logs, wood chips, and gravel and sand to pay a flat fee instead of the
weight-mile tax other truckers pay allows in-state truckers to pay less in
Therefore, the exception “puts interstate carriers at a
disadvantage when compared with intrastate carriers,” the court said. The court
added the exemption violated the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which
limits a state’s ability to regulate interstate commerce.