DAN CEARNS, The Standard
NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: The Ontario government has officially removed tolls from two highways.
On Tuesday, April 5th, Premier Doug Ford announced the government had removed the tolls from Highways 412 and 418.
“The unfair and expensive tolls on Highways 412 and 418 are officially gone for good,” the Premier said in a statement. “While the previous government imposed these tolls on drivers, our government is getting rid of them. Whether it’s eliminating the cost of renewing your licence plate, cutting the gas tax and now getting rid of these unfair tolls, we’re keeping costs down for people and businesses here in Durham and across the province.”
The two highways work as connector for Highway 401 and Highway 407. In a press release, the Region of Durham stated, this toll removal will “promote economic activity, supporting local businesses and residents who rely on these highways for the movement of people and goods.”
Durham Regional Chair John Henry was excited about this change.
“One of the Region’s focal points continues to be economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. A reliable and affordable road network [which] connects Durham Region to the rest of the GTHA, and Ontario, is a vital piece of a strong economy. On behalf of the Region, I thank the Provincial Government, Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP Lorne Coe, Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster, and Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell for their continued partnership, in ensuring Durham Region remains the best place to call home,” he said, in a statement.