Divers in Ontario pay almost the full cost of the roads they use.
That, from a new study by the Conference Board of Canada.
The report, paid for by the Canadian Automobile Association of South Central Ontario, found that province-wide, fuel taxes and other fees cover between 70 and 90% of annual road construction, maintenance and policing costs.
And in the GTA and Hamilton areas, the study shows motorists paid more in taxes and fees than it cost to operate the road network.
The report notes municipalities that own and maintain a large part of the infrastructure, collect a relatively small portion of the revenues.
It says the findings shed new light on the discussion about congestion, which tends to presume that drivers are heavily subsidized by taxpayers.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has said the province will have to charge new fees to bring in the $2-billion a year that’s needed to upgrade public transit in the GTHA.