MONTREAL, Que. — TransForce announced today in a one-paragraph press release that it has reached a settlement with Highland Transport owner/operators involved in an excise tax rebate claim.
Truck News broke and covered this story exclusively, and first reported on the agreement between TransForce and United Steelworkers Union Local 1976 in April.
It’s expected more than a million dollars will be distributed to owner/operators who drove for Highland Transport between the years 1991-2002, and purchased fuel in Canada that was then consumed in the US.
Highland was one of dozens of companies involved in a lawsuit against the federal government, who exploited a loophole by arguing that fuel purchased in Canada and burned in the US was actually an exported item and as such, was exempt from the federal excise tax on diesel. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of the participating carriers and their owner/operators but quickly closed the loophole to avoid future claims.
You can read the back story here.