State Senator Henri Martin (R-Bristol), ranking member of the Transportation Committee, raised questions about the Democrats’ “trucks only” toll proposal.
An informational hearing on the proposal was held at the Legislative Office Building at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan 31.
“The proposal leaves the door wide open on extending tolls to cars in as few as two years from now,” Martin said in a press release. “It allows an appointed council to increase toll rates without any check or balance from an elected body. Where is the accountability to taxpayers? The bill limits which trucks can be tolled, but has no limits on rate increases. Where is the clarity? Lack of clarity on purpose. Car tolls are clearly next. Not only am I bothered by the vague nature of the proposal, but more so the manner in which it is being rushed through.”
At the public hearing DOT Commissioner, said Martin’s press release, Joseph Giulietti said that they are modeling the trucks only toll after Rhode Island, and the toll will only be for Classes 8-13. Giulietti said that New York has had truck only tolling, and he believes Rhode Island will be successful, and the money from the tolls would provide bus shelters, new bus stop signage, and eventually electric buses, and the tolls are tax deductible. He also made the argument that tractor-trailer trucks don’t buy gas in Connecticut, and they just drive through the state without stopping, said the news release.