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.