Chris Maxwell from the Rhode Island Truckers Association has told Bill Rappleye NBC 10 News that a planned national conference of the trucking industry that would have taken place in Newport, RI has been relocated in response to the RhodeWorks truck toll plan recently passed.

Read More: RI truckers move conference due to RhodeWorks

It is not clear and unknown when the conference would have taken place and/or if plans and reservations had already been confirmed in Newport before the decision to relocate.

What’sUpNewp has reached out to the RITA with those questions, at this time we have not received a response.

UPDATE: 3/10/16 at 6pm – Transport Truckers Online reports that the event was scheduled for 2018 and has been moved from Newport, RI to Rockport, Maine. Read more: TAEC Moves 2018 Meeting Out of Rhode Island

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