Tolling derives largely from the argument that because drivers enjoy direct benefit, they should pay.
This is faulty non-sequitur logic. Everyone benefits – I would even argue especially someone who lives downtown, and doesn’t own a car.
There is only one purpose for every highway, bridge, intersection or traffic law: to get all vehicles, safely, to their destinations asap.
The quicker vehicles are off the road, the less the congestion, the noise and air pollution. In addition, goods and services are delivered much quicker. Everybody wins.
Tolling often results in added congestion when drivers avoid charges by desperately seeking alternative routes, as well as added costs to goods and services, resulting in the end users – and tourists – paying more and reinforcing the notion that Vancouver is expensive.
Everyone should contribute because we all benefit.
Vancouver’s property tax is a fraction of that of Regina and of Toronto.
People who wish to avoid increased property taxes to pay – and who are not using the toll bridges – therefore benefit without paying.
This is as wrong as charging only those people who use a bridge.
The logic works both ways; ignoring this is simply mischief.
Michael Klerck, White Rock