ATA cheers federal court decision blocking discriminatory Rhode Island toll scheme

From ATA.

Today, the American Trucking Associations hailed a decision by the U.S. District Court ruling Rhode Island’s predatory truck-only tolling plan RhodeWorks unconstitutional.

“We told Rhode Island’s leaders from the start that their crazy scheme was not only discriminatory, but illegal,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “We’re pleased the court agreed. To any state looking to target our industry, you better bring your A-game… because we’re not rolling over.”

ATA, along with Cumberland Farms Inc., M&M Transport Services Inc. and New England Motor Freight, sued Rhode Island, arguing that the RhodeWorks plan violates the Constitution’s Commerce Clause by discriminating against out-of-state economic interests in order to favor in-state interests, and by designing the tolls in a way that does not fairly approximate motorists’ use of the roads.

See the complete release from ATA online.