Illinois bill would repeal surcharge on truck registrations

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An Illinois bill to fully repeal the Commercial Distribution Fee (CDF) is scheduled to be heard Thursday, March 5, in the Senate Revenue Committee, according to the Mid-West Truckers Association.

SB 1434, sponsored by State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago), would fully repeal the truck registration surcharge that was put in place by the legislature and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2003.

The CDF was originally a 36 percent surcharge on the registration of any Illinois license plate more than 8,000 pounds. While legislation in 2004 reduced the CDF to 14.35 percent, SB 1434 will repeal the entire CDF amount, saving truckers as much as $400 per truck per year, according to MTA.