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Truckers Sue Indiana Governor Over Increased Toll Road Fees

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The lawsuit says that the truck drivers won't benefit from the hike. (WFIU/WTIU News)

A group of truck drivers is suing Indiana's governor over a 35 percent fee increase placed on large trucks that use the Indiana Toll Road.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the federal lawsuit that was filed Wednesday challenges the constitutionality of the fee hike and alleges that it's discriminatory and excessive. The lawsuit says that the truck drivers won't benefit from the hike because the revenue will be used for projects unrelated to the toll road.

Todd Spencer is the president of the Owner-Operator Independent Truck Drivers Association, he says the increased toll fees amount to a double fee because operators already pay to use Indiana roads.

“Indiana is also collecting state and federal fuel taxes for all of the miles that trucks run on the Indiana toll road,” he says.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Eric Holcomb says they don't believe there's a constitutional issue.

Holcomb in September announced that the toll road operator would increase tolls in exchange for $1 billion for state infrastructure improvements over the next several years. Indiana lawmakers later questioned the governor's tolling decision.

The 157-mile tollway crosses northern Indiana from Chicago to the Indiana-Ohio state line.

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