Trucking Groups Oppose DC Parking Tax

April 15, 2011

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The American Trucking Associations and three other groups filed comments with the District of Columbia against proposed regulations that would impose a parking tax on the operators of commercial vehicles loading or unloading in the city.

The regulations would require motor carriers parking in DC to buy annual or daily permits to do so, would severely restrict the time and place of parking, and would require vehicle decals to evidence payment of the tax. An annual permit would cost a large fleet upwards of $20,000, and the charge would be based on the size of a carrier's entire fleet, not just those vehicles that may park in the District.

ATA pointed out that the plan would be unworkable, costly for the city to enforce, and in certain respects violated federal law. The Association requested the District Council to disapprove the proposal.

Joining in the comments were the Maryland Motor Truck Association, the Virginia Trucking Association, the American Moving & Storage Association, and the Truck Renting & Leasing Association.

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