The Trib gets diatribe from member of trucking tribe

| 8/27/2004

OOIDA member Stanley Holmes of Pamplin, VA, was featured in an article in The Chicago Tribune recently about proposed toll increased on the Illinois Tollway.

“You tell all the Democrats, Republicans, whatever they are, they’re going to put the independent truck drivers out of business,” Holmes told the newspaper. “The tolls are going up. The gas is going up. It’s tax, tax, tax. It doesn’t make any sense. They’re killing us.”

A plan presented by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich would nearly quadruple the tolls truckers pay on the Tollway. The current toll for a five-axle tractor-trailer would increase from $1.25 to $4 per toll plaza, a spokeswoman for the Tollway said. If that truck passed through the tollbooth during off-peak hours – between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. – the toll would be $3, nearly triple the current rate.

A trucker running the full length of the Tri-State Tollway, which runs through the Chicago metro area, now pays $7.40. If the governor’s proposal is approved, that toll would increase to $23.50 – roughly three times the current cost.

Cars will pay 80 cents, up from their current 40-cent toll. However, car drivers who use the I-Pass system would pay the current toll of 40 cents. Truckers would not be offered a similar discount for I-Pass use.