The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) praised the Virginia General Assembly for taking a stand against tolling of existing interstates. The transportation legislation that passed Saturday by the Virginia General Assembly puts an end to the Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to toll I-95 and is an overwhelming sign of growing opposition to tolls on existing interstates.
The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that requires legislative approval of tolls on I-95 south of Fredericksburg. While not an outright ban on tolling, the Virginia General Assembly has made it clear that they do not support tolling and will not move forward with any plans to toll I-95 south of Fredericksburg.
The approved tolling language within the comprehensive transportation plan requires that, "No tolls shall be imposed or collected on Interstate 95 south of Fredericksburg pursuant to the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program without the prior approval of the General Assembly."
ATA and NATSO joined forces about a year ago to fight tolling proposals in Virginia and North Carolina. Both states sought the authority to toll I-95 under the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Program.
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