How tolls may affect local businesses with fleets of vehicles

Connecticut

The toll rates aren’t set in stone; the final bill would likely change, but those who rely on trucking to deliver goods have been watching closely. So far, they are concerned about what they see.

With around 40 trucks in the fleet, Meriden-based Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel and J. Vitali Transportation puts on a lot of miles, traveling across Connecticut delivering heating oil, propane and gasoline to service stations
Katie Childs, VP of Tuxis Ohr’s said, “We estimate we travel about two million miles a year in the state of Connecticut.”

Childs has been crunching the numbers using the latest toll proposal rates and the numbers don’t look good for the company’s bottom line.

“We estimate the toll rate to us would cost us about $400,000 per year which we just can’t afford,” Childs said.

Related: What tolls could cost you and your family every day, each month and every year

It’s the same story at Logan Steel in Meriden. 

Howard Lohmann Jr. from Logan Steel said, “It’s still preliminary but we figure it will add well over $1,000 per month to our cost of business.” 

One of many Connecticut companies fighting back against highway tolls. 

Lohmann said, “I feel it’s unfair to busineses becuase we are already facing a strong fuel tax, road tax, insurance.”

If tolls turn from proposal to reality, the companies say it’s the customer who ultimately would have to pay more.

“It would be passed on, anything you buy is now going to have the cost of the toll built into it,” Childs said. “When we deliver to the gas station that will then be passed on to the price of your fuel.”

That cost has to be offset somewhere.

“Just driving the cost of the that that end price up to the consumer,” said Lohmann.

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