Federal court rules truck-only tolls “Unconstitutional”

Rhode Island passed the “RhodeWorks” law in 2016, which authorized the tolling of Class 8 and above trucks.

The American Trucking Association and two motor carriers filed a lawsuit against it in July 2018 at the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island.

On September 21, 2022, Judge William Smith ruled Rhode Island’s truck-only tolling scheme “unconstitutional,” finding in a 91-page decision that truck-only tolls did not fairly approximate use among all vehicles and were discriminatory in purpose and effect.

Click here for the ATA’s statement, which includes RITA’s Chris Maxwell comments, about the ruling.

The State of Rhode Island appealed Judge Smith’s ruling on October 19, 2022.

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