Indiana Conference Committee Urged to Strip Tolling Language From H.B. 1002

Indiana Conference Committee conferees are expected to begin meeting this week to hash out their differences on Indiana transportation legislation H.B. 1002.

Indiana House Bill 1002 moved to Conference Committee this week, and conferees are expected to begin hashing out their differences between the House and Senate versions, possibly as as early as today. 

NATSO is urging travel plazas and truckstops that are based or operating in the state to send a letter to the conferees tasked with negotiating the final language in the bill asking them to remove the tolling language from H.B. 1002 and reject new tolls in Indiana.

The conference committee represents the last opportunity to remove language that would allow tolls to be placed on existing roads in Indiana without legislative approval.

Truckstops and travel plazas are urged to go to to send a letter to the HB 1002 conferees. 

The last hearing before the conferees go into conference was held April 10, and conferees are expected to negotiate the bill throughout the week. 

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, has been actively fighting Indiana's tolling measures.

Tolling existing interstates would stifle economic development and hurt local businesses by driving up transportation costs, diverting heavy traffic onto secondary roads, which expedites costly repair and slows down first responders, and wastes taxpayer dollars by spending funds on collection, enforcement and operational bureaucracies opposed to road repair.

Indiana elected officials should reject tolling on existing interstates and instead find sustainable, long-term transportation funding solutions that will actually fix Indiana’s infrastructure deficit.


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