- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Trucking Association has condemned lawmakers’ proposal to toll large commercial vehicles to pay for repairs to the state’s deteriorating bridges.

The organization said Wednesday that the plan unfairly targets the trucking industry.

President Christopher Maxwell says other states that assess a toll on large commercial vehicles also collect fees from passenger vehicles. He says the trucking industry already funds infrastructure through a fuel tax and registration fees.

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the proposal as part of a $4.8 billion infrastructure plan called RhodeWorks. Officials say the tolls would pay for an upfront $700 million revenue bond to repair the state’s bridges. The tolls would not apply to passenger vehicles.

Raimondo says large commercial trucks cause at least 90 percent of the damage to highways and bridges.

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