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Ontario to Ban Tolls on Most Provincial Highways

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Ontario to Ban Tolls on Most Provincial Highways

The Ontario government plans to eliminate tolls on most provincial highways, excluding Highway 407. This move aims to reduce costs for families and businesses, according to Transportation Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria.

The ban, expected to be approved by the Legislature, will apply to:

  • 400-series highways
  • Don Valley Parkway
  • Gardiner Expressway (once uploaded to the province)

This legislation, to be tabled next week, will amend the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act, potentially requiring public consultation for future toll considerations.

This initiative is part of a broader plan to ease the burden on drivers, including:

  • Permanent freeze on driver’s licence and photo card fees
  • Automatic licence plate renewal

These measures, combined with previous gas tax cuts and licence plate sticker fee elimination, are projected to save drivers “hundreds of dollars every year,” Mr. Sarkaria stated.

The Ontario Trucking Association applauds these changes, believing they will:

  • Combat inflation
  • Reduce costs for businesses and families
  • Prevent arbitrary toll implementation without proper consultation

This move highlights the government’s commitment to lowering costs and streamlining processes for drivers and businesses in Ontario.

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