While many drivers appear happy to have had tolls removed from the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges, one group of regular road users is anything but thrilled: truckers.
The president of the BC Trucking Association says it’s been nothing but “chaos and congestion” on major routes since tolls on the bridges were removed.
According to Louise Yako, many motorists appear to be shifting to new routes they aren’t used to taking.
That’s leading to more crashes and slowing down the flow of traffic, causing headaches for truckers, she said.
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The delays could result in a hit to the local economy and higher costs for consumers, she said.
“The goods still need to be delivered, and if they’re not being delivered under the current circumstances — that is with the number of trucks we have on the road today — they’ll add to those trucks in order to do it,” she said.
Yako said the BC Trucking Association supports mobility pricing, which she said would be one avenue to reduce congestion.
A spokesperson for ICBC said crashes are up overall across B.C. in recent years, but there is no evidence to say they’ve increased since the tolls were eliminated.
B.C.’s NDP government eliminated tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges on Sept. 1, fulfilling one of its key campaign promises.