Rhode Island tolls will stay in place during ATA’s lawsuit

The American Trucking Associations’ request to shut down Rhode Island tolls for truckers while the lawsuit challenging them  is pending has been denied after a “close call” decision from a federal court.

On Sept. 10, Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island denied ATA’s motion for injunction relief. In his order, Judge Smith called his decision “a close call in several respects.”

Essentially, the court states that ATA’s arguments are unlikely to succeed on their merits, setting the tone for the potential outcome of the case. However, the order does not necessarily foreshadow the final decision in the Rhode Island toll case.