SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, MTR Western, a Seattle-based charter motorcoach company, responds to misleading statements issued in a press release April 10, 2008 by the Washington State Republican Party, in which the license plates on its vehicles were referenced and questioned in relation to their use on the governor’s campaign trail. MTR Western operates a fleet of 145 charter motorcoaches based in principal cities throughout the Western U.S. and Canada – all of which carry Oregon license plates.
“Our Oregon license plates are issued pursuant to the International Registration Plan (IRP), which was created by wise federal legislation put in to place to simplify the registration of commercial vehicles that travel in interstate commerce,” said MTR Western CEO and founder Darren Berg. “It’s disheartening to be associated with misleading statements that support an opinion that business opportunities are grim in the state of Washington.”
The International Registration Plan is a multi-jurisdictional registration reciprocity treaty among states of the United States and provinces of Canada providing for the fair sharing of licensing and registration fees among states and provinces based on the pro rata number of miles a truck or bus travels in all jurisdictions. Per its terms, companies such as MTR Western that operate commercial trucks or buses across state lines are no longer required to register their vehicles in each state and province in which they travel; rather they report the miles they travel within each state and province to the IRP on a quarterly basis. The IRP then fairly apportions and distributes appropriate licensing and registration fees back to the states and provinces where that commercial vehicle traveled. Additionally, given commercial vehicles used in interstate commerce are exempt from sales taxation, there is no financial advantage to obtaining IRP license plates from the state of Oregon rather than from the state of Washington.
“The IRP has been a red tape cutting dream come true for interstate trucking and bus companies. It has eliminated countless duplicate rules and regulations,” said Berg.
MTR Western’s three-year growth of 1,214.9% recently earned it national recognition in Inc. Magazine’s 500 List of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” in 2007. The list ranks MTR Western as No. 166 in America, No. 9 in Washington, and No. 3 in the Transportation category.
Berg founded MTR Western as a Seattle-based motorcoach company in May of 2003. In July of 2003, MTR Western acquired a small and long-established bus company in Oregon. The two companies were merged together and MTR Western continues to operate with Oregon license plates on its fleet. Since then, it has expanded to Vancouver, BC; Calgary, AB; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.; and Salt Lake City, Utah to become the largest all-premium fleet of motorcoaches in North America, employing a staff of 258.
About the International Registration Plan
The IRP is a subsidiary of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. For more information about the IRP, visit www.irponline.org.
About MTR Western
Based in Seattle, MTR Western is a charter motorcoach company focused exclusively on providing premium group transportation solutions to customers who care about service, safety and security. Operations began on May 1, 2003. Today, MTR Western owns and operates the largest all-premium fleet of motorcoaches in North America (145 in total) with facilities in Seattle; Portland; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Salt Lake City; Vancouver, BC; and Calgary, AB. MTR Western services the NFL and MLB teams, corporate customers such as Microsoft, Nike, Intel, Google and Yahoo, touring entertainers, campaigning political candidates, and premium over-the-road tour operators such as Tauck World Discovery. MTR Western’s business offices are located in downtown Seattle, Wash., and the company is privately held. For more information, visit the Web site at www.mtrwestern.com.