The Obama Administration’s proposal to lift the long-standing ban on tolling existing interstates will significantly increase costs for motorists while expanding an inefficient means of collecting highway revenues, Rex Davis, President of Davis Oil, said during a recent radio interview.
Speaking on behalf of the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, Davis told listeners of the Jimmy Barrett radio show that tolls represent double taxation of motorists who already pay the motor fuels tax when they fill up at the pump.
Furthermore, the high cost of administering tolls degrades highway revenues, he said. Administering tolls costs between 12 percent and 20 percent of revenue collected, compared with less than 1 percent of the motor fuels taxes.
“It’s so inefficient,” Davis said. “You are just growing government and an otherwise inefficient model, so why do it?”
Listen to the full interview here.
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