ATA Supports Bill to Limit Spread of Tolling On National Highway System
“Highway users have paid for these highways through fuel taxes,” said ATA President and CEO
Referred to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the legislation does not prohibit tolls on new construction, and also exempts the conversion of HOV lanes to toll lanes from the prohibition.
“ATA supports the continued reliance on fuel taxes as the primary means of funding much needed strategic investments in highway freight transportation,” said Graves. “The trucking industry has long opposed additional tolling on any existing highways or roads because collecting fuel taxes costs far less than any other proposed alternatives, making it the most efficient way to fund highway projects,” said Graves.
In a press release, Sen. Hutchison said, “As we work to meet our transportation needs, we must think broadly and avoid band-aid solutions, like tolling, that will ultimately exacerbate congestion and divert traffic into residential neighborhoods and onto smaller, less safe roads.”
In 2007, Sen. Hutchison successfully passed legislation that prohibits the tolling of existing federal highways built with taxpayer dollars in
Sen. Hutchison has been working to prohibit this form of double taxation since 2005, when she introduced an amendment to the Senate version of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) which sought to limit tolling of Interstate Highways.
The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the
SOURCE American Trucking Associations