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N.C. Bill Strengthens Tolling Prohibition

August 26, 2013

N.C. Bill Strengthens Tolling Prohibition

In another victory for NATSO, American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the No Tolls I-95 Coalition, a North Carolina technical corrections bill signed by Gov. Pat McCrory further strengthens the state transportation law that limited the state's ability to toll existing interstates. N.C. House Bill 92 expressly prohibits the tolling of existing lanes.

NATSO Urges VDOT to Work With Exit Businesses to Install EV Charging

July 24, 2013

NATSO Urges VDOT to Work With Exit Businesses to Install EV Charging

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) should work with existing interstate exit-based businesses to install electric car-charging stations rather than compete with the private sector by utilizing taxpayer dollars to establish them at rest areas, NATSO told the agency this week.

N.C. Governor Signs Legislation Restricting State's Ability to Toll I-95

July 1, 2013

N.C. Governor Signs Legislation Restricting State's Ability to Toll I-95

In a victory for the No Tolls I-95 Coalition, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory last week signed the Strategic Mobility Formula (H.B. 817) into law, which will change the way the state prioritizes road funding projects and limit the state's ability to impose tolls.

Fuel Tax Changes Take Effect in Several States July 1

June 24, 2013

Fuel Tax Changes Take Effect in Several States July 1

Beginning July 1, a number of states will see changes to the price of fuel at the pump as new taxes take effect.

States Consider Charging Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

June 17, 2013

States Consider Charging Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Lawmakers tasked with finding new revenue streams to fund infrastructure projects increasingly are asking drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles to pay their fair share of infrastructure fees.

Senate Bill Introduced to Change How LNG is Taxed

June 17, 2013

Senate Bill Introduced to Change How LNG is Taxed

U.S. Senators Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) have introduced legislation that would require that liquefied natural gas (LNG) for transportation fuel be taxed based on energy output and not by the gallon equivalent.

Coalition: Governor Should Withdraw N.C. Tolling Application

June 10, 2013

Coalition: Governor Should Withdraw N.C. Tolling Application

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory should direct the state Department of Transportation to withdraw its application to toll Interstate 95 under a federal pilot program and put the tolling idea permanently to rest, Scott Aman, president and CEO of New Dixie Oil Corp., said in a recent op-ed in the "Fayetteville Observer," published June 5. Aman also serves on the board of the No Tolls I-95 Coalition.

Bill Would Change How LNG is Taxed

June 5, 2013

Bill Would Change How LNG is Taxed

New bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress seeks to amend the Internal Revenue Code to change the way liquified natural gas is taxed, from a volume (gallon) to an energy content (diesel gallon equivalent) basis.

N.C. Conducts I-95 Information Session

June 3, 2013

N.C. Conducts I-95 Information Session

The North Carolina Department of Transportation continues to conduct information sessions to educate residents along the corridor about the newly released economic impact study on highway funding for I-95, which includes an option to toll existing lanes on the interstate.

N.C. House Unanimously Passes Anti-Tolling Legislation

May 20, 2013

N.C. House Unanimously Passes Anti-Tolling Legislation

The North Carolina House of Representatives last week unanimously passed House Bill 267 to limit the state Department of Transportation's ability to impose tolls on existing interstates, including Interstate-95.

North Carolina Transportation Committee Approves Bill Limiting Tolls

May 13, 2013

North Carolina Transportation Committee Approves Bill Limiting Tolls

The North Carolina House Transportation Committee last week unanimously passed a bill out of committee that would limit the state Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) ability to impose tolls on existing interstates, including Interstate-95. North Carolina House Bill 267 permits NCDOT to toll new capacity, but would prohibit the agency from closing existing lanes to build new tolled lanes.

Rocky Mount Telegram Says N.C. Should Turn Focus Away from Tolls

April 22, 2013

Rocky Mount Telegram Says N.C. Should Turn Focus Away from Tolls

The Rocky Mount Telegram last week said that North Carolina should focus on alternative ideas for funding road construction instead of tolling Interstate 95.

North Carolina Anti-Tolling Legislation Introduced

March 11, 2013

North Carolina Anti-Tolling Legislation Introduced

Last week, two bills were introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly to prohibit tolling on Interstate 95.

N.C. I-95 Tolling Plan Loses Steam

March 4, 2013

N.C. I-95 Tolling Plan Loses Steam

North Carolina's plan to toll Interstate 95 is losing steam as state leaders instead focus on a 25-year comprehensive study of the state’s transportation needs.

Virginia Transportation Legislation A Victory for NATSO, ATA and Tolling Opponents

February 25, 2013

Virginia Transportation Legislation A Victory for NATSO, ATA and Tolling Opponents

The Virginia General Assembly on Saturday approved landmark transportation legislation, which includes a provision to require legislative approval on tolls on I-95 south of Fredericksburg, a major victory for NATSO, the American Trucking Associations and the grassroots coalition that have been fighting the state's tolling proposal for more than a year. The transportation legislation puts an end to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plan to toll I-95 and demonstrates growing opposition to tolls on existing interstates.

As Legislatures Convene, Tolling Remains Under Consideration Despite Opposition

January 14, 2013

As Legislatures Convene, Tolling Remains Under Consideration Despite Opposition

As state legislative sessions opened up last week, tolling continues to be an issue in several states despite widespread opposition.

NATSO Members Lead The Fight Against Tolls

January 1, 2013

NATSO Members Lead The Fight Against Tolls

Two NATSO members are spearheading grassroots campaigns in their home states of Virginia and North Carolina, drawing attention to the effect tolls on I-95 will have on drivers, highway-based businesses and the communities in which they operate.

Tolling, Commercialization, Swipe Fees: NATSO Responds to Challenges in 2012

December 24, 2012

Tolling, Commercialization, Swipe Fees: NATSO Responds to Challenges in 2012

If there was ever a year when NATSO was challenged on all of its major issues, it was 2012. NATSO's top issues--rest area commercialization, tolling and credit card swipe fees--were all in play throughout the year, with a big test early in the year on the rest area commercialization issue. And though we passed the test, there is always more to be done. But NATSO moves into 2013 with optimism and momentum in a positive direction, committed to continue protecting the interests of Interstate-based businesses.

Election 2012 Recap

November 12, 2012

Election 2012 Recap

Despite the balance of power remaining the same, there will be some changes within House and Senate Committees that are relevant to NATSO.

DOT Releases $4 M to North Carolina for Road Repair

November 5, 2012

DOT Releases $4 M to North Carolina for Road Repair

Federal officials are releasing $4 million in emergency funds to North Carolina to help repair roads damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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