On October 8th, 2013 Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed a class action lawsuit in the Supreme Court of New York. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of NY’s imposition of highway taxes. With this lawsuit OOIDA is seeking to represent all interstate motor carriers who are subject to the fees and are not based in New York.
New York imposes a $15 fee for a certificate of registration and a $4 decal charge for all trucks that use New York highways even if they are not based in New York. Not paying the fee can result in stiff fines and even potential impound of a truck. Section 502 of the NY Tax Law requires that each carrier apply to the DTF for a certificate of registration for each motor vehicle operated on public highway in the state.
Because out-of-state trucks travel relatively few miles within New York when compared to in-state trucks, OOIDA argues that it places an undue burden on interstate commerce through a higher per mile tax rate. Accordingly this is a violation of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 3. If OOIDA wins the lawsuit it is asking the court to stop the state from collecting the fees, as well as issue refunds to the out-of-state carriers that paid the fees in the past.
I feel that the particular method that the state uses to collect the taxes is burdensome to smaller trucking companies and car haulers; yet at the same time I believe that the state has the right to collect revenue from carriers.
Do you think the State of New York has the right to charge the tax? Comment bellow.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct has been an important part of Seattle’s highway infrastructure since it was completed in 1953. This double-decker elevated highway is part of State Route 99, skirting along the downtown area of Seattle along the Elliott Bay waterfront of the Puget Sound. The Viaduct carries up to 110,000 vehicles a day, but has long been due for an upgrade. This was made clear in 2001, when an earthquake damaged the motorway.
Seismic experts had already been considering a project to strengthen the highway, but this earthquake made the need for reinforcement more urgent. However, the project has been the source of heated political debate for the past decade. It was eventually determined that replacing the viaduct would be easier and cheaper than repairing it. Another issue with the viaduct is that the elevated roadway cuts off downtown Seattle from the waterfront. A replacement tunnel was finally agreed upon as a solution to both problems. The tunnel was approved by a voter referendum in 2011, allowing the project to move forward.
Boring of the new replacement tunnel began this year, with the viaduct to be rebuilt according to modern seismic standards. When all is said and done, the new tunnel and roadway should be able to withstand an earthquake up to a 9.0 magnitude. In the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, the Alaskan Way Seawall was damaged along with the viaduct, requiring $14.5 million to be spent on emergency repairs. When the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area in California, the Cypress Street Viaduct in Oakland California was damaged in a similar way, causing 42 deaths. Seismic experts have been strong proponents of this project, in order to prevent a similar disaster.
About Big Bertha
- Height: 57.5 Feet
- Weight: 15.4 Million Pounds
- Length: 326 feet
- Twitter: @BerthaDigsSR99
- Occupation: Tunneling Specialist
- Likes: Dirt
- Dislikes: Sun
The south half of the viaduct has already been demolished, with traffic rerouted onto a bridge located near Seattle’s sports stadiums instead. A new roadway will be completed in 2014, while the tunnel is slated to open up to traffic by the end of 2014. This new two-mile tunnel will carry State Route 99 underneath downtown Seattle, connecting it from the SoDo neighbourhood to South Lake Union in the northern part of the city. The massive tunnel will be able to accommodate all sizes of vehicles, from petite Holden cars to lightweight trucks en route to the Port. The tunnel will also maintain freight routes, most freight will be able to use the SR 99 tunnel, including car transporters.
Major concern for many customers when getting their car shipped is timing. If a vehicle needs to be picked up a day before your flight or delivered right after you arrive in a city across the country – scheduling is essential to having your vehicle transported successfully. Here are five ways you can expedite car shipping.
1Order in Advance
Demand for vehicle shipping is seasonal but every lane is different. Ask a dispatcher to advise you on the best time to ship your car at the lowest price. Call in advance, we recommend giving us a 7-day notice, it is almost impossible to reserve a spot the same day. Expedited car shipping works best with adequate notice.
2Be Flexible on Dates
When placing your order we request a 2-day window for pick up and delivery. Keep in mind that weekend deliveries are more difficult to schedule and delivery dates are not guaranteed but estimated.
Delivering your car straight to your door may not always be possible within a particular time frame.Trucks are always making multiple picks and drops, propose to have your car dropped off at a major nearby city en route. Consider this option if timing is especially important and discuss with a dispatcher the details of your shipment.
Accurately describe the condition of the your vehicle when placing an order. If you suspect that your vehicle may be non-running or if you plan on shipping your personal items in your car please let us know in advance. If your car is modified: raised, lowered, has a roof rack or a large spoiler please provide that information at the time of booking. Drivers may refuse to load your car if it does not match their expectations.
5Pay More Money
This last point should not be a surprise, but auto transport companies are in business to make money. If 4 of the previous ways don’t get your move expedited this last one surely will. When you are working with a broker propose to pay more to the carrier to make your car more appealing. For comparison and planning purposes you can get a cost to ship a car on our quote page.
Despite all the setbacks of 2012 — record high gas prices, Hurricane Sandy, an economy that continues to struggle — a once defeated U.S. auto industry has shown impressive resilience over the last 12 months. According to USA Today, just about everything involving domestic-made cars is better now than it was a year ago. Factories and plants have hired more workers and given existing employees more overtime opportunities, the price buyers are willing to pay at the dealership hit a record average of $30,700, and foreign companies like Saab and American Suzuki Motor have stopped selling traditional cars in the U.S. Read more
Allstate Insurance recently issued its eighth annual Best Drivers Report™, which ranks the 200 largest cities in America by which has the ‘safest drivers’ compared to a national average of 50,000 cities. The main determining factor for the ranking is the statistical frequency with which car collisions occur. This year, Sioux Falls, SD was crowned the safest city for drivers. The other side of the list, however, are what would be considered the most unsafe cities for drivers. Read more
Australia and the USA share a similar love for large, powerful cars and trucks. This is perhaps due to the wide open spaces in both countries, just begging to be explored by a motor vehicle. Yet there are certain models that you can only find in each country. If you’ve read a Holden Captiva review and are interested in bringing this model into the USA, or found a great deal on a Ford Ranger and want to bring it back to Australia, there are a few factors to keep in mind. There are strict import and shipping regulations in place in both countries which must be met. Read more
The rising cost of fuel, increasing consumer interest in environmentalism and in turn alternative methods of transportation has fueled the sale of hybrid vehicles over the last decade. But as plug-in hybrids become more mainstream, will buyers shy away from pure electric vehicles given the practicality advantages hybrids seem to offer? An infrastructure built for hybrid vehicles will currently not be enough to sustain electric vehicles, given the driving habits of all but the most city-bound americans. Read more
Few things can ruin your day as quickly as a possibility that your car has been stolen. Unless you are delinquent on your car’s payments, few people prepare themselves mentally for the possibility of their car being gone when they return from the store. The usual question one asks when the looking for their car:
- Is the car stolen ?
- Repossessed ?
- Towed for tickets ?
- Forgot where you parked ?
“Has the city moved my car and simply forgot to tell me?”
Residents of Chicago can now add, the city moved my car and simply forgot to tell me. Chicago will not notify residents that their car has been moved but expects them to take initiative to locate their vehicles. Often in panic some owners call 911 to report their vehicles stolen. The city does not notify owners because it doesn’t have their emails or phone numbers readily available and mailing a letter would take too long. Read more