RI truckers: toll plan will cost state money

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Trucking Association claims the planned truck tolls could ultimately cost the state more money than expected.

At a news conference at its Pawtucket headquarters Thursday afternoon, the trucking association said the extra costs would be an “unintended consequence” of a part of the RhodeWorks plan, designed to ease the toll burden on Rhode Island-based companies.

Specifically, the association claimed a budget article that would cut registration fees in half for trucks owned by local businesses, would apply to all trucks owned by companies that do business in Rhode Island.

The association accused lawmakers of not knowing how the trucking business and trucking fees work.

As of Thursday evening, the General Assembly had not yet commended on the association’s claim.