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Trucker Talk

11 April 2008
NY Rejects NYC Congestion Tax on Truckers

I'm sure you've all heard of New York's proposal to tax vehicles traveling into New York City during working hours. I have a daughter who lives in Brooklyn, so I've spent some time navigating the streets of Manhattan and the neighboring boroughs. It's like crawling through a parking lot filled with rejects from the local high school driver's ed class! I can appreciate NYC's concerns about traffic congestion and exhaust pollution, but saddling truckers with a congestion tax just isn't right. We pay more than our fair share of fuel and road taxes, and we don't get to choose our delivery times. We work the same hours as everyone else. It's just not fair to single out truckers. Fortunately, the NY State Legislature agrees. This week they rejected a proposal that would have charged truck drivers $21 to enter the city between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. The decision was applauded 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 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." Amen!


Posted by keep on truckin' at 2:54 PM  |  LINK to this post  |  3 comment s  |  Subscribe

NY is to congested i refuse to go to new york,evrything is to close,we got stuck in traffic one year in manhatten,terrible,
Posted by dreammaker on April 12, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Are you aware of the political push to constrain the Deegan? Please see the two most recent articles on my blog: The anti highway ggroups are having a field day, yet I see no motorist/truckers being represented. Is not Hunts Point accessibility a concern?
Posted by Douglas Willinger on November 25, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Douglas, awesome blog you have there! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by TruckerJim on November 25, 2009 at 1:20 PM