Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

September 15, 2011 13:05 ET

TADA to Matlow: Don't Start Another War on Cars

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2011) - The Toronto Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) is calling on Toronto City Councillor Josh Matlow not to start another war on cars. Matlow is in favour of increasing Toronto City Hall's revenue by creating a toll for residents living in the 905 area that use the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway. The TADA has written to Matlow expressing deep concern about punishing 905 area families and the impracticality of checking the licenses of the 275,000 drivers who use the DVP and Gardiner every day to provide proof of residency.

"Charging a toll based on where drivers live doesn't make any sense and is a sign of starting another war on cars. Requiring all 275,000 daily drivers on the DVP and Gardiner to pull over and prove where they live will be a logistical nightmare and effectively shut down these two major highways."
- Todd Bourgon, Executive Director
Toronto Automobile Dealers Association
"Drivers are not responsible for the City of Toronto's budget deficit. Charging a toll for 905 residents unfairly targets drivers for the sole purpose of increasing City Hall's revenue. Councillors should reduce spending to balance the City's budget, instead of looking for ways to increase cash flow courtesy of the family car."
- Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations
Toronto Automobile Dealers Association
  • Since 1908, the Toronto Automobile Dealers Association has been the voice of Greater Toronto's 340 new car dealers, representing every manufacturer's brand and franchise.
  • Approximately 25,000 individuals are employed at new car dealerships in the GTA.
  • In March, The Toronto Board of Trade reported the average roundtrip commute in the GTA is 80 minutes and costs the GTA economy $6 billion annually.
  • The Don Valley Parkway carries about 95,000 vehicles per day.
  • The Gardiner Expressway carries about 180,000 vehicles per day.
  • An Environics/Toronto Board of Trade poll found that 71 per cent believe congestion has gotten worse in the past two years and that 61 per cent said it has reached "crisis proportions" in the GTA (The Globe and Mail online, September 15, 2011).

Contact Information

  • Toronto Automobile Dealers Association
    Todd Bourgon
    Executive Director