Transportation officials in Kentucky are planning to put federal grant funds to use in catching truckers who failed to pay their Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes (HVUT).

On November 25, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet were awarded a federal grant in the amount of $395,000 to fund crackdowns on truck drivers who haven’t paid the HVUT.

Authorities say that $250,000 of the grant will go towards funding Kentucky State Police enforcement blitzes at weigh stations and along secondary roads that truckers might use to avoid weigh stations.

The rest of the grant money will go towards a study intended to make it easier to determine whether motor carriers have paid their taxes.

”Operators of commercial vehicles must pay their fair share for use of our public roads and bridges,” Governor Beshear said. “Anything less is unfair to conscientious, law-abiding operators and to taxpayers who ultimately pay for our transportation system.”

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