Trucking association to appeal dismissal of suit challenging Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A ruling on a lawsuit regarding tolls on the Pennsylvania turnpike is being appealed today.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and The National Motorist Association (NMA) filed the suit last year challenging the constitutionality of what they claim are excessive tolls for drivers on the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Thursday U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane dismissed the suit. OOIDA expressed disappointment over the ruling, and say they will file an appeal.

“Act 44 and 89, passed in 2008 and 2013 respectively, ordered the Pennsylvania Turnpike commission to send $450 million a year to PennDOT. The turnpike is in debt approaching $12 Billion, and the Auditor General has labeled the state’s transportation funding system ‘Unsustainable’ says Todd Spencer, President of OOIDA.

“And win or lose on appeal,” added Spencer “the turnpike’s debt crisis and the Commonwealth’s transportation emergency aren’t going away either. This is a crisis created by the legislature’s decisions, not our lawsuit.”

.The association says the case is now poised for review by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.


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