Minister David Collenette recently announced a new national transportation
policy that contains several provisions potentially harmful to
truckers, The Toronto Star reported Feb. 26.
new policy includes a provision that encourages a switch from truck
traffic to rail carriers for cargo.
addition, the newspaper reported, he suggested that Toronto follow
London’s example and charge vehicles a toll for entering the center
of the city.
city officials recently sparked outrage by charging drivers 5 pounds – about
$12 – just to enter the city’s central district. The toll is designed
to cut traffic congestion.
Mayor Mel Lastman immediately shot back – “This is the dumbest
idea I have ever heard in my life” – and pointed out that the city
has far less congestion than the English capital, and that the
proposal could hurt the city’s economy.