Canadian Toll Roads? Eh?


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Canada doesn’t have very many toll roads. As a matter of fact there is only one. There are some bridges with tolls in British Colombia, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario. There’s lots of talk about New Brunswick going the way of the toll, but so far it’s just one in Ontario called 407ETR.
We all know the controversy surrounding the privatization of this public road way. My next article will discuss that, however, for this article I want people to look at some proven track records around the world on successful toll policies. I believe if these were implemented here, people would not be as “toll adverse” as they are now.
Toll roads are not new. The United States have been using them for a long time. Traditional tolls in the United States are a source of revenue to pay for both the operation and maintenance and to finance/secure funding via bonds to construct and reconstruct their roads. All of this without using tax dollars. Sounds great doesn’t it?
States like Virginia have policies in place that dictate how tolls must be reasonable to the user in relation to the benefit obtained. The tolls must not discourage use of the roadway by the public and the tolls should provide the operator no more than a reasonable return as determined by the Commission.  In Kansas, an FAQ about a Turnpike there actually states “Some toll road operators use “video tolling” which involves taking a photo of a vehicle’s license plate and then billing the registered owner of the vehicle. KTA does not use video tolling due to the substantial financial cost of installing and maintaining the systems and the high percentage of customers who may not be properly billed or choose not to submit payment”.
In South Africa, their policy on investing in infrastructure is that it remains 100% public. They have electronic tolling, but a person can pick up their transponder for free and prepay their tolls.  All of these policies appear reasonable. I am sure most Canadians would not have a problem with these types of tolls. We have a lot of work ahead of us to convince “the powers that be” to act on clauses in the agreement with the “lone wolf” operator here in Canada. Will the tides be changing for Canada’s first experiment with toll roads? Stay tuned.

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2 Responses to “Canadian Toll Roads? Eh?”

  1. Wallace Coxe says:

    These corporate bandits have been harassing me for 13 years,even though I’ve told them repeatedly my transponder was stolen in 2000,they keep ignoring me.I’ve told them lets go to court,they go away! Know they are back and state my once so called fee was $2200.00 is now $6365.28 and after 13 years have put a hold on my new license plates.
    I am a senior on CPP and Old Age pension,what do I do?Is there not such a thing as Statute of Limitations?
    I’m going crazy over this injustice that a foreign owned company can dictate who can and can’t drive in Ontario.

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