WHITBY —The Ontario government has permanently removed the unfair tolls on Highways 412 and 418 to help keep costs down for families and businesses in Durham Region. As of today, drivers will no longer need to pay to use these highways.
“The unfair and expensive tolls on Highways 412 and 418 are officially gone for good,” said Premier Doug Ford. “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.”
Before their removal, Highways 412 and 418 were the only north-south highways with tolls in the province. Permanently removing tolls on these highways will relieve gridlock on local roads across Durham region, encourage economic growth and provide families and businesses with more transportation options and more predictable travel times.
“The tolls were unjustly imposed and placed a financial burden on the hardworking people of Durham region.” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Being able to drive on these highways for free will save drivers both time and money and boost the economic competitiveness of the region.”
“An unfair burden was imposed on the people of Durham, a mistake that our government has made right,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “As part of our plan to keep costs down for hard-working families, drivers can now take Highways 412 and 418 for free.”
“I have long advocated for the removal of tolls from Highway 412 and 418 and today we are taking action to resolve this unfair decision made by the previous government,” said Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby. “The removal of tolls shows this government’s steadfast commitment to helping Durham Region continue to grow and thrive.”