Premier Dalton McGuinty's plans to use tolls to pay for the four-laning of Highway 69 has an Ontario truckers group "nervous" about the province's objectives.
David Bradley, president of the Ontario Trucking Association, says McGuinty's comments to the news media, indicating his government will consider using tolls to pay for the upcoming highway widening between Sudbury and Parry Sound, only creates confusion and concern among truckers and motorists.
He calls upon the Liberals to spell out their plans with a policy framework, such as a toll-road user protection act, to ensure highway users "aren't being taken to the cleaners."
With no definite government framework for tolls, "this is making Ontarians justifiably very nervous about the government's intentions," says Bradley.
He wants legislative guarantees that tolls will be reasonable, will not be used for ongoing maintenance and would be lifted once highway capital costs are paid for.