Trucks ready to fight Connecticut’s new tolling plan

After initially backing a truck-only tolling plan released by the state shortly after he was elected in November, Governor Ned Lamont changed course by adding a second option, formally unveiled yesterday (Feb. 20) in his biennial 2020-2021 budget proposal to the state legislature, to include automobiles as well.

But the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC), which contends the truck-only plan will hit Connecticut-based trucking companies with hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra costs, considers a car-and-truck option just as bad.

“The news today doesn’t really change anything,” MTAC president Joseph Sculley told FreightWaves. “The proposal is to charge small business owners more money, and we’re still opposed. In fact, with cars now in the mix, I would say we now have allies to fight against this.”