In the latest tangle between in the continued debate over proposed truck tolls, the Rhode Island Trucking association has released a survey of independent drivers suggesting truckers might alter routes to avoid said tolls.
In a survey of some 375 independent truck drivers in the region, more than 75 percent said they would change their routes to avoid paying the proposed fee in Rhode Island.
The Department of Transportation is offering a frank response in a statement writing, “We’re talking about diverting around Rhode Island to avoid a toll of $30 or less to cross the entire state.”
However, that same survey of drivers found 60 percent of respondents said they already alter routes to avoid tolls in other states.
The trucking association is among a group of vocal critics who want the governor’s office to explore other ways to fund needed infrastructure repairs.
The proposal is expected to work its way through the general assembly this session.
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