U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear New Jersey appeal on truck ban

| 10/3/2006

After taking it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, New Jersey has lost its battle to keep out-of-state trucks off of its side roads.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported that the high court refused to hear the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling.

That ruling held that New Jersey’s ban on out-of-state trucks using the side roads was discriminatory, because in-state trucks could use those same routes.

After the ruling, the state opened up about 3,500 miles of state highways and county roads to out-of-state trucks, pending the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

New Jersey put the ban in place in 1999 in an effort to keep out-of-state tractor-trailers from avoiding turnpike tolls and interstate traffic jams by jumping off onto secondary routes.

But Gale Toth, director of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association, told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that out-of-state truckers have mainly stayed on the interstates – not on the side roads.

New Jersey officials said that when the new truck routes are announced, they will no longer give in-state truckers any advantage over out-of-state drivers.

– By Reed Black, staff writer