To the editor
In response to the article ‘Toll fees for the 407 climbing again in 2007’ (Toronto Star, Saturday December 30, 2006, B1), it is typical to see the CAA complain about the toll increase by claiming that motorists have ‘such a huge tax burden borne on themselves right now as it is’. Irrespective of how I feel about the 407 toll fee increase, this is just another example of the CAA being completely out of touch with the true costs of automobile usage. While most people realize the immediate financial implications of operating a car, there are unseen social and environmental considerations that have financial costs that motorists simply are not paying their fair share of. Perhaps the CAA thinks that motorists are already paying for the true costs of automobile use and these additional charges are truly a ‘tax burden’. Or maybe, they have made this claim so many times, that they actually believe it to be true.
Planning, Toronto, CAA, Transportation, motorists, Tolls