Testifying before a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, a New Jersey trucking executive warned that rapidly increasing toll rates as well as the spread of tolls across the transportation system pose a significant threat to consumers and the trucking industry.
Testifying on behalf of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), NFI Chief Financial Officer Steve Grabell said he is deeply concerned about toll costs that have been imposed on NFI and other trucking companies over the past few years during a hearing of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. Grabell told the Committee’s chairman, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and other members that in 2011 alone the Cherry Hill, N.J., carrier paid $14 million in tolls.
Grabell said those costs have forced the company to re-route trucks to less-efficient secondary roads, which raises costs and increases congestion and safety concerns. He also said the added costs filter down to the consumer and affect business decisions regarding hiring and facility location and expansion.
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