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RI officials reject proposed truck ban, but will reconsider later


Monday, August 21, 2017
by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Department of Transportation says the road restrictions would make sure commercial trucks stay on interstates that are designed for their weight. A review of the proposal found that most of the 15 routes listed would allow truck drivers to avoid the planned toll locations. (The Trucker file photo)
The Department of Transportation says the road restrictions would make sure commercial trucks stay on interstates that are designed for their weight. A review of the proposal found that most of the 15 routes listed would allow truck drivers to avoid the planned toll locations. (The Trucker file photo)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island officials have rejected a plan to ban tractor-trailers from many state roads that would allow drivers to avoid paying upcoming truck tolls, but say they'll reconsider the proposal.

The State Traffic Commission voted 3-2 Thursday against the plan. Members said they will take it up again after getting more information.

The Department of Transportation says the road restrictions would make sure commercial trucks stay on interstates that are designed for their weight. A review of the proposal found that most of the 15 routes listed would allow truck drivers to avoid the planned toll locations.

The president of the Rhode Island Trucking Association calls the ban "the next phase in the war against the trucking industry," and says his group plans to sue the state.

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