Premier Doug Ford officially announced the permanent removal of tolls on Highways 412 and 418 in Durham Region. The announcement was made on Tuesday morning and the move came after a number of letters were wrote to the province in December. The provincial government first announced the elimination of tolls on the two roadways in February and scheduled April 5 as the date of removal.
Ford said in Whitby “the unfair and expensive tolls on Highways 412 and 418 are officially gone for good, … We’re putting money back into people’s pockets.” The government has made other big spending announcements recently. This includes the elimination of licence plate renewal fees and tabling legislation to cut the gas tax for six months.
Highways 412 and 418 were built under the past Liberal government as part of the Highway 407 east extension. The 407 will not be affected by this change as it is privately owned and operated. The now toll-free highways are about nine kilometres long and link Highway 401 with Highway 407.
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