Trucking groups oppose future tolls

| February 15, 2012

State trucking associations and national trucking groups have sent a letter to the Senate opposing an amendment to the surface transportation bill that would allow interstate tolls.

The letter said, “Tolling existing Interstates is extremely inefficient. Even using the most advanced technology, toll collection costs are at least five times higher than the cost of collecting a state fuel tax and in many cases, more than 20 cents out of each dollar of a toll collected is used simply to administer the toll.”

The letter further stated that users exit interstates to avoid paying tolls and drive on secondary roads that are less safe. It added that “many motor carriers will be forced to choose between using these lower order roads and going out of business.”

All 50 state trucking associations signed the letter, as did the American Trucking Associations, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, NATSO, the National Private Truck Council, Truckload Carriers Association and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Never Compromise. Cummins 2017 Heavy-Duty Engines.

Notice: Overdrive is transitioning to a new comment platform due to technical problems with the former commenting system. The new commenting system is now live. We are currently in the process of moving all of the comments from the old system into the new system. We appreciate your patience in the meantime.