OOIDA’s lawsuit further noted the toll increases subsidize services and facilities provided by the state that have no relationship to the Indiana Toll Road.
“The governor has admitted publicly that the increased tolls on truckers were intended for out-of-state users,” said OOIDA President Todd Spencer in a statement. “He seems to think that, in his own words, ‘capturing other people’s money’ is OK. He would be very wrong about that. Truckers are not rolling piggy banks.”
OOIDA pointed out that Indiana’s tolls have increased since 2006, when the toll road was leased by the state to the ITR Concession Co. (ITRCC).
The association said the 35 percent toll increase causes truckers to pay $60 to use the 156-mile Indiana toll road. Truckers are generally not reimbursed for these fees, OOIDA said.