A motor carrier or bus that is owned by a government entity or registered as a government vehicle is exempt from IRP regulations and is not required to carry a trip permit. Displaying a federal or state government license plate on the truck, van, or bus is one way to show the vehicle is exempt. Vehicles, including school buses, that are only contracted by the government are not exempt from IRP registration and must obtain a trip permit if not apportioned. However, vehicles, including school buses, that are leased long-term by the government—with the option to purchase—are exempt and do not have to obtain a trip permit.
- Any vehicle owner that uses a trip permit for a vehicle other than the one listed on the front of the trip permit is subject to a fine of not more than $500, 180 days’ imprisonment, or both.
- Any applicant that misuses, transfers, or sells a trip permit is subject to a fine of not more than $1000, 180 days’ imprisonment, or both.
- Any vehicle that does not have a trip permit or is not apportioned to operate in the District will be assessed a $500 fine.