Truckers operating in the Canadian province of Ontario may soon get a
break on tolls if they use the 407 Express Toll Route.
The Ontario government and the Spanish company operating the toll road
have reached an agreement, following several years of battles and appeals about
the control of the toll revenue.
The Liberal Party government promised its constituents it would wrestle
control of the tolls back from the private business, but court challenges had
The two groups came to an agreement this week to end the court battle
and agree to new terms.
“We have successfully resolved our disputes,” said Enrique Diaz-Rato,
president of 407 ETR, a company consisting of a 53.2-percent interest by
Spanish-based Cintra Concessiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A. – a
company that also has a controlling interest in the Chicago Skyway and Indiana
Diaz-Rato, on the company’s site, www.407etr.com, announced the
following terms of the agreement:
- Drivers of heavy vehicles that use transponders
to pass through electronic toll-collection lanes can save up to 50 percent
on night and weekend rates or 25 percent during other non-peak times.
- The company agrees not to raise tolls for at
least one year into a new program that rewards frequent toll-road users.
Frequent four-wheelers will see a 10- to 15-percent decrease in their
- The company will add an additional lane of the
407 ETR between Highway 401 and Highway 404 by October 2007.
- An independent auditor and a government ombudsman
will be appointed to advocate for highway users. This includes a provision
for the government to deny license renewals for people who don’t pay their
- David Tanner, staff writer