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No, they are not the same, but they are often mentioned together for a few reasons. Both are base state registration agreements with the same parameters for qualification, and the distance records a motor carrier keeps are often shared between the two programs. And, both apply to interstate vehicles that:
But, it is important to understand that they are two very different, and separate, programs. IFTA covers the carrier for fuel taxes, while IRP covers the registration (plates) of the vehicle.