Illinois Trucking Association Seeks Lower Taxes for Trucks


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Lower Taxes

With more than three decades of experience in the transportation industry, Perry Mandera is the founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., in Northlake, Illinois. Perry Mandera, a board member for the Illinois Trucking Association (ITA), was named one of the top 100 American transportation executives of the millennium.

The Illinois Trucking Association has long been politically active in lobbying for bills that benefit the transportation industry. For instance, the ITA recently announced its support of Illinois Senate Bill 662, which would repeal the Commercial Distribution Fee. The fee is essentially a 14.35 percent sales tax on truck license plates.

The license plate sales tax affects commercial vehicles from 8,001 to 80,000 pounds. The ITA estimates that the tax costs the commercial transportation industry an additional $50 million per year. In addition to the added cost, the irganizationn supports repeal of the tax because the revenue funnels into the state’s general fund and is not earmarked for transportation-related issues such as roads or even the state police.


The ITA 2017 Trucks, Traffic, and Teens Event

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Illinois Trucking Association

A prominent business leader in Chicago, Perry Mandera is the founder and president of The Custom Companies, Inc., which provides a range of logistical and transportation services throughout the United States. Perry Mandera retains membership in the Illinois Trucking Association (ITA), which supports transportation companies in Illinois through resources and advocacy efforts.

In April of 2017, the ITA held its annual Trucks, Traffic, & Teens event in Decatur. The three-day event invited driver’s education students from regional high schools to learn more about the trucking industry and commercial vehicles.

The centerpiece of the event was a semi-tractor with a 53-foot trailer, which students could sit in to see for themselves how visibility is restricted in large vehicles. This helped students learn the importance of staying out of the blind spots of large commercial trucks. The ITA is already planning another 2017 Trucks, Traffic, & Teens event in Joliet.