November 5, 2004


CAA asks for nominations for Ontario’s worst roads

Toronto, Ontario – With a little more than a week to go, CAA Ontario
is urging motorists in the province to nominate their choice for worst road
before the November 14 deadline.

So far, more than 6,500 nominations have been entered. Votes can be
entered online at www.worstroads.ca or by calling 1-877-967-7873 toll-free.
The 20 worst roads in Ontario will be announced in early December.

The website also allows visitors to participate in a survey. Based on 708
survey responses to date, ‘there is clearly a sense of frustration among these
people regarding the state of roads in Ontario,” says CAA spokesperson Mark
Arsenault.

Preliminary survey results show:

  • 87 per cent say they are not satisfied with the condition of the
    roads in the province.

  • More than 90 per cent want a greater portion of gas taxes to be
    committed to improving the roads. Currently, the federal government
    collects some $2 billion in taxes from Ontario motorists every year,
    with almost none of that money going to roads in the province. The
    province collects another $3 billion from motorists annually,
    spending only about one-third of that amount on roads.

“We don’t pretend that this survey is scientific, but we think it does
reflect a significant segment of the population that is fed up with driving on
unsafe, congested, and broken down roads,” says Arsenault.

Other organizations supporting the campaign include: the Canadian Taxpayers
Federation Ontario, Ontario Motor Coach Association, Ontario Trucking Association,
and Ontario Road Builders’ Association.

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