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SOURCE American Trucking Associations
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recently issued "report" on how useful tolls could be to funding infrastructure investments understates the public opposition to tolling and plays down safety and other risks of increased tolling, American Trucking Associations officials said.
"Despite what toll advocates and financiers try and tell the public, tolling existing interstates is a wildly unpopular concept," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. "Voters and lawmakers in Virginia and North Carolina have demonstrated this vividly in recent months – the public continues to see tolls as an intrusive and inefficient tax."
ATA highlighted several faulty assumptions in the report:
"We know our infrastructure needs are great, but we can't be wooed by the siren song of alleged 'tax-free' funding," said ATA First Vice Chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C. "Tolls are just another name for a tax, one that provides quite a lot of money for government bureaucrats and Wall Street financiers, and is an extremely expensive way to fund highway improvements. We should instead focus on the reliable, traditional financing methods – such as the fuel tax – that built our great Interstate system to improve and maintain that system. Our leaders simply need to have the political will to do the right thing regarding these methods."
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