June 13, 2024

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Truckers sue New York City over the city’s “congestion fee.”

Truckers sue New York City over the city’s “congestion fee.”

Trucking Association New York A US company filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over the city’s congestion fees, arguing that they unfairly target trucks and logistics services at higher prices than passenger cars.

Under the March proposal, trucks would be subject to a fee of $24 or $36, while drivers of private passenger vehicles should expect to pay about $15, with lower rates for motorcycles and late-night entry into the city.

The association said it and its members “are not fundamentally opposed to congestion pricing” but are “fighting to repeal the current version of this plan and hope to improve the plan to limit its negative effects and introduce parity in the logistics industry.”

The association suggests that the transportation authority review its plan to exempt industry from fees, limit truck tolls to just once a day, or charge them at the same rate as passenger cars.

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The Trucking Association’s lawsuit is among at least eight seeking to block the congestion fee plan, which is scheduled to launch June 30.

A Manhattan federal court judge earlier this month heard arguments in lawsuits filed by unionized public school teachers, politicians and other New Yorkers.

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Many of these lawsuits say federal transportation officials approved the tolls without proper scrutiny, and the court should order transportation officials to conduct a more comprehensive environmental study before rolling out the plan.

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The MTA declined to comment when reached by FOX Business.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.