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.