Organizers say it’s “all systems go” for a truck rally at the state Capitol building in Albany, NY, Wednesday, Jan. 6. Participants are hoping Gov. David Paterson will reverse his decision to put highways in the Finger Lakes region off-limits to most trucks.
The New York State Motor Truck Association is organizing the event. A maximum of 50 trucks will be allowed to participate in the convoy. It will be a cab-only event, no tractor-trailer combos. NYSMTA’s Kendra Adams says all concerned truckers should attend the rally and the press conference even if they don’t convoy.
OOIDA issued an information update to all New York members regarding the event. “In addition to the rally and a planned press conference afterward, this is a great opportunity to go one step further and seek a face-to-face talk with your state lawmakers,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer.
While the proposed regulation was aimed mainly at restricting the large number of garbage trucks who use these secondary roads instead of the New York Thruway, this restriction would apply to all heavy trucks using these routes.
Spencer said there must be other options that would better serve the trucking community rather than forcing drivers to use the New York Thruway. OOIDA is convinced that a more favorable solution would be to offer some type of incentive for garbage haulers to run the Thruway instead of these secondary routes, such as a reduction in toll costs or a reduction in the ton-mile taxes truckers must pay.
In addition, the increased costs and increased hassles that are passed on to truckers will ultimately be passed on to residents and consumers through the higher costs for transportation.
Here are the seven routes that would be affected by the ban:
- Route 41 in Cortland and Onondaga counties;
- Route 41A in Cortland, Cayuga and Onondaga counties;
- Route 90 in Cortland and Cayuga counties;
- Route 38 in Cayuga County;
- Route 79 in Broome, Tioga, and Tompkins counties;
- Route 89 in Tompkins and Seneca counties; and
- Route 96 in Tompkins and Seneca counties.
– By Land Line staff