Anti-tolls group formed by trucking companies, truck stops, other sectors

| March 03, 2014

tollSeveral trucking companies and trucking trade groups have joined a band of other business and consumer organizations to form an anti-tolling group who says its mission is to keep existing interstates toll-free. 

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates includes trucking industry members FedEx, UPS, Old Dominion, the American Trucking Associations, all 50 state trucking associations, the Truckload Carriers Association, Quality Transport, H&J Trucking, NATSO and others. 

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ATFI, a lobbying group, says it wants to show both the public and members of government the effects implementing tolls on interstates would have on business and the economy, as well as consumers. 

The group formed in response to three states implementing pilot programs to allow tolls on existing interstate lanes, even though federal law prohibits tolling on existing Interstates. Moreover, ATFI says, “the tolling industry is pressuring lawmakers” to change the law and allow tolling on existing lanes. 

Also, as the next highway bill looms and Congress searches for a solution to preventing the Highway Trust Fund going broke, ATFI says it hopes to show tolls as “unreliable, expensive and inefficient” as a mechanism for generating infrastructure funding.

Mega-carrier Old Dominion rep Bill Cranfill said while his company supports better highway funding, tolls aren’t the route to take.  Tolls are an inefficient method of funding, would increase the cost of moving goods, and would decrease efficiency by pushing interstate traffic onto less safe and slower local roads,” he said. “[The] concept of unrestricted movement is a pillar of the modern economy.” 

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Jay Perron, VP of government affairs and public policy for ATFI member International Franchise Association, says “unrestricted commerce…revolutionized” American business, and tolling the existing system would undo those economic gains, Perron says.

“[The Interstate system] is vital to the U.S. supply chain and has revolutionized the way America does business,” says Jay Perron, VP of government affairs and public policy for the International Franchise Association, and an ATFI member. “Tolling existing Interstates would reverse this progress, raising costs for travelers, businesses and consumers and harming the many businesses and communities located along interstate routes subject to new tolls.” 

ATFI has put together the video below about tolls and the impacts the group says they’ll have on the U.S. transportation system.

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  • Paul Fouts

    Adding tolls to existing interstates is just another burden on our already financially strapped industry,reducing our capacity to upgrade Equiptment & increase rates for our drivers,thereby eating into economic growth & progress in regaining employment growth for not only our industry, but to every industry across America that depends on the transportation industryin their operations.
    Congress should step in & nip this chicanery inthe bud now.

  • Kristina

    I sincerely hate toll roads. As if gas isn’t high enough, let’s charge to simply be on the interstate.

  • jojo

    Annually a truck pays $550.00 Federal Heavy Use Tax.
    Would it be fair to add $55.00 to the registration of all smaller vehicles to go into the Highway Trust Fund?
    If so, would it then be fair to charge electric and alternative energy small vehicles $110.00 annual road use tax?
    The registration system is already in place collecting funds. Wouldn’t this be less expensive than outfitting roadways with tolling equipment?

  • tollway bandit

    how about make private toll operators finance their own private toll-ways. no public money for tolls

  • Spence

    Your right on. I can’t say I’m big on the idea myself, but a federal road use tax on all cars and suv’s would be fair. There are a lot more cars and suv’s on the road than there are trucks. Maybe if the people driving cars and suv’s had to do some of what truckers have to do on a daily basis like keep track of mileage, they might not be so eager to get behind the wheel and head down the road, plus they might take their driving privileges more seriously. Most truck wrecks are caused by people in cars and suv’s anyway, but it’s always the truck driver that gets scrutinized and they go after first. People driving cars and suv’s have no idea or clue how lucky they really are or how good they have it. I think when Scrotumhead Obama first took office back in 2009, that the transportation secretary proposed a road use tax on all cars and suv’s, but Obama said no way !!!

  • easymoney

    American Greed again, at it’s finest. Washington wont be happy till
    we are paying $6.00 for a loaf of bread. $8.00 for a gallon of milk
    $15.00 a gallon of gas, in the next 10 yrs. mark my words

  • steve

    The obvious solution to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent is don’t use the funds for anything else! We know we can’t trust our politicians to keep their hands out of the till, so any new tax won’t help for very long anyway.

  • Spence

    Right on, and use the money to repair roads that actually need repairs. Something they don’t do here in Eastern Colorado.

  • haller

    I think your correct. George Bush had gas up to 5 bucks per gal, if he or a relative was in office now gas would most definitely be $6.00 per gal. and diesel would be $7.00

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