RI's Truck Tolls Go Live, And Threats Of Litigation Follow

Jun 12, 2018

Rhode Island’s new truck toll gantries have barely been live a full day, and already  the Rhode Island Trucking Association says it expects to be part of litigation against new tolls.

The tolls are part of the program unveiled three years ago by Governor Gina Raimondo to fund highway and road repairs. The first two gantries started collecting tolls Monday along interstate 95 in Exeter and Hopkinton.

The plan remains unpopular with the trucking industry, which contends it is unfair to toll only commercial trucks.

Rhode Island Trucking Association head Chris Maxwell says he expects his group will be part of a lawsuit meant to end the program, though he is unsure when anything will be filed in court.

“We feel a fuel tax is far more equitable, sustainable,” said Maxwell. “It’s something we support if we’re going to pay anything.”

Republicans including GOP gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan charge the truck tolls will cause the state to lose business. Governor Raimondo says truckers should pay their fair share for damage to roads and bridges.