ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A national trucking group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the diversion of New York Thruway tolls for state canal maintenance.
The American Trucking Association says it sued Thursday in the Southern District of New York, claiming that the inflated commercial tolls violate truckers' constitutional rights under the Commerce Clause. The truckers want the practice to stop.
Legislation switching the Canal System to the Thruway Authority was enacted in 1992. The trucking group claims that the authority spent more than $100 million of toll money on the canals last year.
A spokesman for the authority says it has not been served with court papers and has no comment.
The Thruway Authority board last December dropped plans for a 45-percent increase in truck tolls.