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Campaign drives road issue to election agenda

<p>At a news conference yesterday kicking off the Canadian Automobile Association’s annual Worst Roads campaign, reporters were shown how poorly repaired and maintained roads can kill their cars and cost them thousands of dollars.</p>




At a news conference yesterday kicking off the Canadian Automobile Association’s annual Worst Roads campaign, reporters were shown how poorly repaired and maintained roads can kill their cars and cost them thousands of dollars.





Besides potholes and raised manhole covers, traffic congestion adds hidden costs in the form of premature wear on brakes and tires, he said.





The Worst Roads campaign has been asking consumers since 2003 to help identify the 20 worst stretches of municipal road in the province. This year, the CAA and the Ontario Road Builders’ Association are tying their message to the upcoming provincial election.





They want voters to urge politicians to devote more of the province’s gasoline taxes to road repairs and maintenance.















All pain, no gain


  • Though senior governments take in about $7 billion annually in taxes on gasoline and fees, “the struggling municipal governments are stuck paying for the overwhelming majority of road repairs in Ontario,” said Kris Barnier, provincial affairs specialist with the CAA.


 
 
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