We read a lot these days about user-pay on our roads to help maintain them and to help pay for public transit options.
User-pay generally means road tolls or payment-per-km driven, or some other way of getting motorists to cough up more.
As a motorist, I am not opposed to paying more to use our roads. However, I think it is important to understand that if we didn’t have good roads already, as a province would we not build and maintain them?
We need them for the movement of goods, so there are jobs for people to get to.
We need them for our tourist industry – who will come to B.C. if there are no roads?
We need them for our schools and hospitals and our emergency vehicles and all the other uses, besides just people getting back and forth to their jobs or having a nice drive on a Sunday afternoon.
Sure, we may all need to pay more. But let’s not try to suggest that the only people who benefit from our network of wonderful roads is the poor sap driving back and forth from work.
Don Cameron, White Rock