Appeals court rules against truckers in Delaware River bridge toll case

| 8/18/2006

Commercial truckers can no longer challenge recent toll increases on bridges over the Delaware River, according to an appeals court ruling Thursday, Aug. 17.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by trucking associations and a company regarding the toll rates.

Judge Dolores Sloviter, according to The Associated Press, said the truckers could have utilized their resources in trying to get Congress to amend the law rather than going to court.

The American Trucking Association, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, New Jersey Motor Truck Association and Ohio-based Roadway Express filed the lawsuit in 2002.

On the other end of the lawsuit has been the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, which raised tolls to $2.75 per axle in 2004. The trucking groups wanted the toll rate reduced to $2.25 per axle.

The AP reported that the toll commission carried a $118 million surplus at the time of the toll hike in 2004.