OOIDA: I-80 tolls in PA not the answer

| 3/31/2010

The leadership of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says tolling an existing interstate such as I-80 in Pennsylvania would be “nothing more than another regressive tax” that undermines sound transportation policy.

OOIDA issued a Call to Action on Tuesday, March 30, calling on 7,300 members based in Pennsylvania to urge the Obama administration to reject the state’s application.

Earlier in the week, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell indicated that a federal decision on the state’s application could be handed down in approximately two weeks. Rendell gave few details following a meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, only indicating that the federal government could choose to accept the proposal, reject it, or request more information. The feds have turned back the application twice since 2007.

OOIDA leadership says tolling an existing interstate highway funded by tax dollars amounts to double taxation.

“We already pay for roads through fuel taxes and other user fees. Adding tolls on top of this cannot be tolerated,” Association leadership stated.

“Tolling I-80 is not the answer to the state’s transportation funding crisis. It will only create another enormous burden on small businesses trying to compete in our national and global marketplace. OOIDA members and other truckers should make their voices heard now on this extremely important issue.”

– By David Tanner, associate editor