WASHINGTON – A Michigan congressman, Rep. Dave Camp, R-MI,
and eight co-sponsors introduced a bipartisan measure in
the U.S. House that would repeal the limousine gas guzzler
The bill, HR 2662, is the first time a stand-alone bill
addressing the gas guzzler tax has been introduced in
Congress, noted Tom Mazza, National Limousine Association
executive director. He added that it is also “the first
time we’ve ever had a legitimate shot at wiping it off the
The NLA has faxed a letter to all NLA members asking them
to contact their representatives in support of the measure
The NLA fax also asks members to contact their senators
urging them to introduce a similar measure in the Senate.
Mazza said NLA officials are hopeful that at least one
senator would do so in the coming weeks.
The tax, which ranges from $1,700 to $2,100 per vehicle and
is based on gross vehicle weight, is imposed on
coachbuilders. They, in turn, pass along that cost to the
operators who purchase their vehicles.
The NLA noted that the tax has cost the limousine industry
more than $50 million since it was imposed more than 10
years. The tax was initially aimed at several industries,
including yacht and recreational vehicle builders, but has
since been lifted for all but limousines.
Camp’s bill was referred to the House Ways and Means
Committee. Co-sponsors are Reps. Robert Andrews, D-NJ, Roy
Blunt, R-MO, Mac Collins, R-GA, Mark Foley, R-FL, Johnny
Isakson, R-GA, Robert Menendez, D-NJ, Bill Pascrell, D-NJ,
and Mike Rogers, R-MI.
Introduction of the measure follows a lobbying campaign
that has been conducted by NLA officials. A contingent of
NLA leaders visited the Capitol in May to push for the
measure and received a favorable response from some
NLA Urges Letter-Writing Campaign
The NLA’s fax to members urged them to write a letter to
their U.S. senators and representative urging support of
the measure. The NLA suggested this wording:
I am a business owner in __________ who operates a luxury
transportation company. Despite the devastating effects of
9/11, our company has survived and we continue to provide
jobs and opportunity in our community.
Since 1990, our industry has paid the Gas Guzzler Tax on
stretch limousines. This tax, based on gross vehicle
weight, has added $1,700-$2,100 to each vehicle purchase.
According to the National Limousine Association, this has
meant a little over $50 million to the general fund of the
U.S. government. This tax was determined to be a hardship
for both yacht builders and RV builders and both industries
Our industry is strictly “Mom and Pop,” with more than 80%
of operators nationwide reporting less than $200K per year
in gross revenue. This tax is an unfair burden on small
business. Congressman Camp has introduced HR 2662 to
restore the exemption (IN LETTER TO CONGRESSMAN:) Would you
please sign on and co-sponsor this bill? (IN LETTER TO
SENATOR:) Would you please consider introducing comparable
legislation on the Senate side.
Your signature, address etc.