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Possible Commercial Truck Toll to Fund I-81 Faces Backlash

20 June 2018 News


As Virginia officials are contemplating improvements to I-81 and ways to fund them, they’re facing recent objections against the idea of a commercial truck toll.

Major concerns were voiced by P. Dale Bennet, president and CEO of the Virginia Trucking Association. Bennet was quoted as saying that any proposal for truck only tolls violates anti-discrimination provisions of the United States Constitution’s commerce clause. He argued that instead all traffic that benefits from improvements should pay fees. Winchester Delegate Christopher Collins said that he is open to all ideas, and that so far research on tolls is at a purely exploratory stage.

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