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THE scandal of unlicensed fly-tippers—drawn firmly to Stephen Swingler's attention at a recent TRTA lunch—cries out for attention, but Britain is not alone in facing enforcement difficulties.
In Illinois in the US, State licensing laws are being broken wholesale by small and large fleet operators. Fake addresses, false registrations and licence plates obtained in the names of other firms are believed to be costing the State about £80m. a year in truck taxes and licence plates. Some operators are fly enough to avoid property taxes, sales taxes, city vehicle fees and Illinois Commerce Commission fees, too.
British offenders contemplating an extra-mural course in tax dodging might care to reflect on penalties of £30,000 and upwards imposed on some road hauliers in Illinois.