Rhode Island, a small state in the United States decided to pass the Rhode Works in 2016. It had an ambitious plan to create a toll area designated for trucks to register in the state of Rhode Island. The money that is collected from the truck registrations will go directly to the Rhode Island's highway maintenance. The estimated funds are expect to pump $1.1 billion directly into keeping our highways functioning properly. Christopher Maxwell, who is the current President of the Rhode Island Trucking Association stated recently to the Fleet Owners that the Rhode Works plan was flawed from the beginning. Mr. Maxwell also brought up an excellent point that Rhode Works has an unstable structure or system that will not survive in the long run even if there was a lawsuit or first truck toll registration collection for the state of Rhode Island.
The initial plan for the Rhode Works plan by legislature members was allowing truck drivers who have a Rhode Island license plate to pay a lower registration fee. The major flaw in the plan was the inaccurate record of trucks that are coming to Rhode Island from other states in the United States. The Rhode Island legislature could not come up with a valid method to decide what trucks from other states would be given a reduction in truck fees. The legislature members in Rhode Island decided that the number of miles they ran in their state would be the deciding factor for the out of state trucks to receive this benefit directly. President Maxwell from the Rhode Island Trucking Association brought up a good point that the people who supported the Rhode Works plan did not have enough knowledge to foresee that it would be a disaster. The 1.1 billion dollars that is supposed to go to highway maintenance for Rhode Island would be funneled instead to the truck owner's that register in the state.
Mr. Peter Alviti, Jr, who is currently in charge of the Department of Transportation for Rhode Island made an announcement to the general public where the two toll spots will be located. Mr. Alviti said that both of the toll spots will be ready and fully functioning by the end of 2017. He also mentioned that we should not worry about what is going to happen with the Rhode Works plan in the future. We must stay in the present moment and not think too far ahead. Peter Alviti also clearly stated that the Rhode Island state legislature's current revenue projections from truck tolls is extremely high and inaccurate. The two major factors that come into play are alternative routes that trucks take on the roads and construction costs as well.
The Rhode Island politicians have been making poor decisions on new laws for the state. Their misjudgment has caused many people to question their ideas and authority as well. Mr. Alviti states that the politicians are too scared to toll all cars. They see trucks as easy prey for these new toll registration laws in efforts to make more money for the state. Check out Drive Armellini today!