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ATA sues Rhode Island over truck-only toll

Suit claims RhodeWorks violates Constitution  

Posted July 12, 2018

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) filed a lawsuit against Rhode Island claiming its truck toll is unconstitutional.

In the complaint, ATA and three motor carriers representing the industry contend that Rhode Island’s RhodeWorks truck-only toll discriminates against interstate trucking companies and impedes the flow of interstate commerce. They argue that the RhodeWorks plan violates the Constitution’s Commerce Clause by discriminating against out-of-state motor carriers.

The suit also alleges that the toll does not fairly take into account other motorists’ use of the roads. According to the suit, “By design, the tolls fall exclusively on the types of trucks that are most likely to be engaged in the interstate transport of cargo, while exempting automobiles and the smaller vehicles that are relatively more likely to be engaged in intrastate travel.”

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