Trucking Companies: Tolls will cost hundreds of thousands per year

From Yankee Institute.

Trucking companies from across Connecticut said the plan to install tolls on Connecticut’s highways would cost their companies upwards of $500,000 per year in a video released by the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut.

Trucking company owners from East Windsor, Hartford, Granby and numerous other locations throughout the state discussed the number of employees they have, what they ship and how much electronic tolls will cost their company – a cost those owners say will be passed down to consumers.

Katie Childs of Tuxis-Ohr Fuel and J. Vitali Transportation based in Meriden said she has 40 trucks in their fleet hauling petroleum products.

“I estimate that driving approximately two million miles per year would cost us between $400,000 and $500,000 per year,” Childs said on the video.

Childs said a “good portion” of their business is delivering gasoline to gas stations and added expense of tolls will be passed onto the gas station owners and, naturally, drivers who fuel their vehicles.

“Tolls would be a direct pass onto the gas stations which would then increase the price at the pump. So, you have a customer in Connecticut who pays the gas tax, who pays tolls when they’re driving and then the pass-through tolls for when I bring the gas to the gas station.”

Several other company owners estimated the cost of tolls between $200,000 and $300,000 per year for their business, which would then be passed on to consumers.

See the complete article from the Yankee Institute online.