THORNHILL, ON, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - As a leading advocate for
transportation, infrastructure and motorists, CAA South Central Ontario
(CAA SCO) is pleased that the 2014 provincial budget focuses on many
critical transportation issues the auto club has been raising with the
province for a decade.
CAA SCO is encouraged that after repeated calls for the province to
establish dedicated and equitable funding for transit and road
infrastructure projects, the provincial budget includes a commitment to
create two dedicated funds and make $29 billion available over the next
10 years for investments in roads, bridges, highways and transit.
While redirecting 7.5 cents of the existing gas tax to infrastructure
and transit is a good start, CAA SCO believes more can be done. The
provincial excise tax currently stands at 14.7 cents on every litre of
gas and diesel sold in Ontario, which generated approximately $3.1
billion in 2012-2013.
"We are optimistic that the steps outlined in the 2014 budget are a
start to addressing the congestion that is crippling the GTHA. Through
our ongoing advocacy and campaigns like Worst Roads, we have called on
the province to provide dedicated funding for transportation
initiatives," said Elliott Silverstein, Manager Government Relations,
CAA SCO. "CAA remains committed to working with the government to
ensure roads across Ontario have access to dedicated funding for urgent
repairs and maintenance."
CAA is also pleased that very important links in the province's highway
network such as the expansion of Highways 407, 427 and the widening of
Highway 401 are addressed in the budget, and will come to fruition in
the near future.
The budget also references the government's current efforts to regulate
the towing industry in Ontario. CAA SCO applauds this effort and is
eager to work with the government to help modernize the towing
industry, while ensuring there is sufficient consumer protection and an
enhancement of safety for tow truck drivers and motorists alike.
"Bill 189 if passed, will not only provide additional consumer
protection mechanisms for motorists, but provide additional safety
measures that will benefit everyone on Ontario's road network," added
As a leader and advocate for road safety and mobility, CAA South Central
Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which represents the interests of
more than 1.9 million members. For over a century, CAA has collaborated
with communities, police services and governments to help keep drivers
and their families safe while travelling on our roads.
SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
For further information:
Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Consultant, CAA SCO, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Communications Consultant, CAA SCO email@example.com, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641