Ontario’s NDP, Green Party vow to remove tolls for trucks on Hwy. 407

Ontario’s New Democratic Party (NDP) and Green Party have pledged to immediately remove tolls for transport trucks using Hwy. 407, if elected to power in the upcoming June 2 provincial election.

Sara Singh, Ontario NDP candidate and incumbent in Brampton Centre told Today’s Trucking that the 407 is underutilized and traffic levels have not returned to pre-pandemic levels on the 151.4 km-long highway that runs from Burlington in the west to Clarington in the east.

“We will put the 407 ETR on notice upon forming government and ensure the company pays the penalties owing to Ontarians,” she said.

(Photo: iStock)

“By diverting trucks from other 400-series highways to the 407, we will reduce gridlock and make commuting quicker and cheaper for Brampton drivers,” Singh added.

The Green Party told Today’s Trucking it will fund the move by reallocating funds that are currently planned for “super-sprawler highways like Hwy. 413,” committing $260 million a year.

The Green Party said it makes sense to divert truck traffic from Hwy. 401 to the underutilized 407 by funding a dedicated truck lane to keep the flow of goods moving.

“It is a fiscally and environmentally better choice than building the $10 billion Hwy. 413 which will ultimately make traffic worse through induced demand,” the Green Party said.

Leo Barros is the associate editor of Today’s Trucking. He has been a journalist for more than two decades, holds a CDL and has worked as a longhaul truck driver. Reach him at leo@newcom.ca


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  • Please consider, we have an underutilized HWY 407. I travelled it the other day, from Mississauga Road to HWY 115 and the photos below are indicative of the HWY 407 utilization.
    Further, it cost $44.93 one way. I came back part way across country to avoid the toll.

    Our Truck Transportation sector cannot afford to use this HWY, and neither can most people on a regular basis.

    It makes no sense to build HWY 413 dead-ending at HWY 400. What a congested mess that will be!!

    It would be better to buy back HWY 407 and make it Toll Free relieving the congestion on all 400 Series HWYs, and reducing Grid Lock big time, while providing a direct route across the City of Toronto, from Hamilton to Pickering. There is a major cost reduction for producers, improving our ability to compete.

    For a payback scenario, please click
    https://www.helpdevelopcanada.ca/407-etr be sure to click “More Information” at the bottom of the link for further comments.

    Blaine

    https://www.helpdevelopcanada.ca/407-etr

  • Does the NDP remember they were responsible for removing the MTO rate in 1994
    Too litle too late

  • So they can remove the tolls on a highway they don’t own?What other magic can they preform to get more votes. LOL

  • The 407 HWY is privately owned, the government sold most of it off except the new section, but give it 10 years they will sell it off as well. The NDP and Green party have no concept of running a business. If it wasn’t for a government job most of them would be saying would you like fries with that? Unless they buy back the 407 you can’t force them to give free passage on the 407. Sounds like another government meeting of the minds party and too much alcohol was consumed.