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Study urges road levies

Ontario should follow the example set by some European countries andcharge drivers road tolls, congestion fees and gas levies to pay fornecessary highway upgrades and improved public transit, a studyrecommended yesterday.<br />


Ontario should follow the example set by some European countries and charge drivers road tolls, congestion fees and gas levies to pay for necessary highway upgrades and improved public transit, a study recommended yesterday.

Although the province’s former finance minister is already putting the brakes on the proposal, the study’s author said the extra charges on 400-series highways and major thoroughfares around the Greater Toronto Area would help reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and traffic jams by getting people off the roads.

"People are now recognizing that something has to be done," said Trent University economics professor Harry Kitchen, who wrote the study commissioned by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario.

"There is a general consensus that charging the users makes the most sense."

 
 
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