latest attempt to stop an order that would compel it to pay 12 other states
roughly $28 million has failed.
District Judge Joe Heaton ruled Tuesday, Aug. 31, against a request from the
state for a preliminary injunction against the International Registration Plan,
David Saddler, executive director of IRP Inc., told Land Line.
IRP is an interstate compact that regulates the payment of reciprocal
registration fees between states and Canadian provinces. It had ordered the
millions in payments by Oklahoma under the terms of the plan.
plan’s Dispute Resolution Committee ruled in 2003 that Oklahoma was not in
compliance with the terms of the plan after Illinois claimed that it had been
shorted fees. In that case, Illinois claimed that Oklahoma was paying
reciprocal fees based on falsified mileage projections.
that year, the IRP changed its established place of business rules, forcing
hundreds – perhaps thousands – of out-of-state truckers who had registered in
Oklahoma to return their plates to their home states. In Arkansas, the state
then told those truckers they would owe thousands in back taxes, despite the
fact that their Oklahoma registrations – and the reciprocal fees connected to
them – had been accepted by Arkansas during those years.
actual case has not yet been resolved. Saddler said the attorneys for both
sides were due to submit briefs to Judge Heaton by Sept. 20; the court has not
yet set a date for further action in the case.