Rhode Island Considers Banning Trucks On Secondary Roads, Reportedly To Force Them To Use Toll Roads
Truck-Only Toll Sparks Outcry Among Truckers The truck-only toll legislation was signed into law by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo in February of 2016 in spite of strong outcry from the trucking industry. Raimondo justified tolling only truck drivers (many of whom are from out-of-state) because she says that they do most of the damage to Rhode Island’s infrastructure. The plan is expected to raise $45 million per year to fund repairs of the state’s roads and bridges. Only truckers will be asked to pay the tolls, which will start collecting money around the end of the year. It could cost a truck driver as much as $20 to cross the state using I-95 when toll collection begins. Many truckers have vowed to avoid Rhode Island to protest the tolls. Others have said that they would find a way around paying the tolls if they did enter Rhode Island.