Are You Looking For Clear Explanation On IFTA Jargons? We Will Help You (Part-II)

Welcome back filers. Few weeks back, we had posted a blog on IFTA Jargon’s, today; we would be posting the second part of the same. As we did not want to bore with the jargon’s, we divided the blog into two halves. Here’s the second one. Read, learn, refer and brush your knowledge here.

In-Jurisdiction Distance:

The total number of miles or kilometer operated by the licensee’s qualified motor vehicle within a jurisdiction that includes miles/ kilometer operated under IFTA temporary permit. However, it does not include any miles/ kilometers operated on fuel tax trip permit or exempted from fuel taxation by a jurisdiction.

In-jurisdiction Miles:

The total number of miles operated by the fleet of apportioned registered vehicle in the jurisdiction during the mileage-reporting period or preceding year. This includes the loaded and unloaded miles, interstate and intrastate miles and the mileage traveled on the toll road.

Interstate Operations:

When a vehicle is registered in one jurisdiction and operating into or through another jurisdiction, they fall under the category of interstate operations.

Intrastate Operations:

The transportation of person or property from one point in a jurisdiction to another point within the same jurisdiction regardless of the highway covered fall under this category.

IRP Jurisdictions:

IRS jurisdictions are the states of the United States, District of Columbia, the territories of the United States, the Provinces of Canada, and the states, territories and Federal District of Mexico.

IFTA Jurisdictions:

48 lower states of the United States and Canadian provinces come under IFTA jurisdiction


A person who hold an uncancelled agreement license issued by the base jurisdiction

Motor Fuel:

Fuel used in motor vehicles to generate power for the propulsion of qualified motor vehicles.


Any person who is lawfully entitled for the possession of a commercial vehicle and has the right to control the operations of such vehicle are known as the owners. This ownership can be divided among one or more members. If the vehicle is subjected for lease without a driver, a lessor shall be deemed as the owner.

Owner Operator:

Owner operators are vehicle owners working for fleet and trucking companies for their clients.

Qualified Motor Vehicle:

A motor vehicle is designed and maintained for transporting goods and:

  • Have two axles and gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms; or
  • Having three or more axles regardless of weight; or
  • Is used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight.

Qualified Motor Vehicle does not include recreational vehicles.


The qualified motor vehicle is generally associated with prepayment of licensing fees for making the use of the highway and the insurance of license plate and a registration card or the temporary registration containing owner and vehicle data.

IFTA Reporting Period:

IFTA is paid on quarterly basis every calendar year. Taxation periods are January 1 – March 31, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, and October 1 – December 31.


Withdrawal of license and privilege by the licensing jurisdictions


Temporary removal of privilege granted to the license by the base jurisdiction

Total Number of Miles:

This indicates total number of mileage covered in a jurisdiction during that quarter by the motor vehicle. Total fleet miles also include interstate and intrastate miles, loaded and unloaded miles, and all miles traveled on a toll road.

IFTA Temporary Permit:

This is a permit provided by the base jurisdiction to carry out deliveries in other jurisdiction if the driver does not have a registered license and a decal. This permit validity last for 30 days to give the carrier adequate time to affix annual permanent decal.

Total distance:

The miles traveled during the reporting quarter by the qualified vehicle are calculated as total distance. This includes taxable and non taxable miles covered in the jurisdiction.

Unladen Weight:

An empty truck or a trailer’s weight is considered as unladen


The maximum weight of the loaded vehicle or with the combination of trailer during the registration period is counted as the weight.

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