States also enforce the international fuel tax agreement known as IFTA. IFTA is a fuel tax revenue sharing agreement between US states and Canadian provinces, where taxes are collected in a commercial vehicles home state and then shared on a prorated basis. The agreement also sets standards for what type of commercial vehicles are required to participate. Generally commercial vehicles and combination vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of under 26,000 pounds are not required to IFTA register.
The intention of the IFTA agreement is to streamline the fuel tax revenue collection process for commercial carriers. however, it places state-level DOT officers in the position of enforcing nationwide fuel tax regulations. And, even though IFTA where the A stands for agreement, the Commonwealth of Virginia says, "Not so fast we don't agree,".
We know this because our trucks operating under 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight have been cited twice in the last 12 months for IFTA fuel tax registration violations in Virginia.
We understand the rules better than most companies running a fleet of trucks under and over the 26,000 pound gross vehicle weight threshold and Virginia is clearly out of step with its enforcement of IFTA.
As we have previously written in other blog posts, state-level DOT enforcement is about money. So if our trucks running under 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight were in violation of IFTA, we would be getting citations in every state every month.
In The past 12 months our trucks under 26,000 pounds have been inspected without an IFTA violation in:
South Carolina-no problem
While our home state of Delaware refuses to issue us IFTA registrations for our combination vehicles under 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, Virginia is issuing us citations for not being in compliance.
Are we ticked off? You betcha, and it's time to start pushing back in Virginia.
On a trip in April of this year one of our trucks was cited in Virginia for an IFTA violation on Tuesday and inspected the next day in Georgia and found to be in compliance. The DOT officer in Georgia made a statement to our driver reminiscent of that great philosopher Gomer-Pyle, "Golly-G driver you ought to go to Virginia and fight that."
And with so much tax revenue and fines at stake, We fully expect the DOT Gomer-Pyles in Virginia to be ready.
At Matchpoint we have a great team of Owner Operators we work very hard to fight for, especially when it comes to defending our Owner Operators against improper citations. One more reason to be part of our Matchpoint Team!