Trucking Association offers no-toll alternative to the state’s Rhode Works plan

Plan to provide predictable revenue to address deteriorating roads and bridges

Earlier this year, OOIDA and the Rhode Island Trucking Association blasted the state’s Rhode Works toll plan claiming it is anti-business. The state’s plan would toll trucks $100 million a year to pay for bridge repairs, bus and rail service, bike lanes and sidewalks. As far as truckers are concerned, the state’s RhodeWorks plan is unfair and nothing more than double taxation in the form of a ‘user fee’ for Trucks only. Federal law prohibits tolls on any roads or bridges funded by federal fuel taxes and other taxes going into the Highway Trust Fund so to get around that an electronic user fee would be imposed.