Truckers Want Tax Exemption

Connecticut Department of Transportation trucks plow and treat I-95 in Branford, Feb. 13, 2014.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut truckers say the state should provide a sales tax exemption for repairs to vehicles damaged by the chemicals used by the Department of Transportation to clear state highways from ice and snow.

Mike Riley, president of the Motor Transport Association, said Monday it’s unfair for the state to collect additional tax revenue from repairs prompted by the DOT’s use of magnesium chloride. Parts and repair services on motor vehicles are subject to the 6.3 percent sales tax.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said people can already write off the depreciated value of a commercial vehicle on their taxes. Also, he said the state is not the “final guarantor” of a product’s liability and Riley’s proposal would take Connecticut in a direction, to his knowledge, no other state has gone before.

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