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Truckers asking state for help after corrosion of vehicles

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Connecticut truckers are asking the state for help to deal with the corrosion of their vehicles.

The Department of Transportation uses liquid magnesium chloride to de-ice the roads during winter storms, but this seems to be causing rust to appear on trucks and cars.

The problem is not only affecting truck drivers, but can affect the public as well. Ninety-five percent of what is used in the state comes by truck and if truckers cannot afford to fix the problem, the public will end up paying more for everything bought.

Michael Riley from the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut says "it's unfair that the state charges a 6 percent sales tax on vehicle repairs."

The rust is keeping mechanics busy. Components of a car or truck that should last up to 10 years are only lasting roughly five years.

So far Gov. Dannel Malloy is opposed to the idea of giving tax relief to truckers, but they say it is desperately needed to fix the problem.

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