NEW YORK, N.Y. — A controversial plan to levy a “congestion tax” on vehicles travelling into New York City during the day time has been defeated.
The New York State Legislature rejected the proposal, which would have cost truck drivers $21 to enter the city on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Legislature’s decision has been lauded by the American Trucking Associations.
“Like many areas of the United States, New York’s transportation networks are strained, and the city is searching for a solution to its problem,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. “But congestion pricing schemes are unfair, ineffective and ignore our real transportation needs. While there is a need to heavily invest in infrastructure, congestion pricing does little to relieve congestion and is merely a revenue raiser.”
ATA was opposed to the congestion toll for several reasons, most notably because: Truck drivers cannot choose their delivery times; workers entering the city cannot change their shift time; the plan did not increase road capacity; and truckers have already paid their fair share in fuel taxes and other fees.
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