Change the 407Act!
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Change the 407 Act! Bring fairness & transparency back to consumers & reign in spiraling tolls.
Grievances against 407ETR include spiraling tolls, invoice suppression, undocumented invoicing, interfering with 407Act, keeping bankrupts in plate denial, ignoring the Limitations Act, improper billing, double billing, equipment failure, paying the bill and not getting credited, usury rates of interest, ect... Unsuspecting citizens receive a bill for undocumented amounts of money. In some cases the amounts are for thousands and thousands of dollars and has caused undue hardship to many.
We can not continue to turn a blind eye to this company's disrespect for Canadian public policy. The government must regulate how this company applies the Plate Denial process. Currently, MTO is acting as their personal collection agency. Level the playing field for consumers.
Because our government felt this company's success was vital to important public policy, it gave this company unique powers to deny a person's plate for renewal if the company says the person owes them money. This not only prevents drivers from accessing Highway 407, but any other road and this is not fair.
The company likes to complain that they have no way of controlling who it lends credit to. We say that's not entirely true because they can offer prepaid services, but they don't.
This company has exploited their unique powers to deny someone's plate from being renewed for financial gain. 407ETR makes their own rules & MTO claims their hands are tied and can not do anything about it. This is not true! MTO can and should do something about it and we can help them do it by making this petition go viral.
Also, we want independent arbitrators to be exactly that... INDEPENDENT from 407ETR's influence.
On October 30th, 2003, Dalton McGuinty gave his first speech as Premier to the Economic Club of Toronto. He used weighty words claiming that his predecessors produced budgets the way that the circus puts on an act with smoke, mirrors and spin. He touted that he would put the public interest ahead of political interest, give people the straight goods, tell people the truth about the province's accounts. He was critical about the sale of 407ETR saying it was sold at fire sale prices, putting short-term political interests ahead of the public interest.
What did he do about 407ETR issues? On November 12th, 2004 he commissioned Harinder Takhar to conduct a review of 407ETR's customer service.
The problems that were found in that review, still exists to this very day. Dalton McGuinty did absolutely nothing about rising tolls and customer service issues. As a matter of fact he quit, made an "amicable" settlement with this company, threw consumers under the bus and blamed Mike Harris for everything. So much for putting the public interest ahead of political interest.
Now we have this highway being extended to the east. The Ontario Liberal Party claims that the extension will be publicly owned and that they will be able to control tolls and customer service issues. However, they gave the same consortium of investors in the current 108 KM's, not only the contract to design and build the extension, but also the contract to operate and maintain the highway for 30 years. Nothing with respect to tolls or customer service issues will change. Is this just smoke, mirrors and spin? OR will you change what Premier McGuinty didn't?
If a company wants to build a highway without a gate, the company is responsible for their chosen business model and finding ways to protect their bottom line. It's not the burden of the citizenry. The government should keep out of this company's business and stop acting as this company's own personal collection agency.
We have been petitioning this government to speak to Jodie Parmar, former Vice President, Corporate Development, Privatization Secretariat/Ontario and successfully led the $3.107 billion privatization of Highway 407 and do what is fair and just for consumers. Change the 407 Act!
Both the Ministry of Transportation & the Ministry of Consumer Services, pass the buck to each other regarding jurisdiction of who should handle 407ETR issues. MCS says MTO is the regulatory body & so it is inappropriate for them to intervene and MTO says our concerns are regarding consumer's rights and so say MSC should handle it. We want our government to change the 407Act so it complies with other important public policy issues that are being ignored. No more double talk!
Bankruptcy, Statute of Limitations and Consumer Protection laws are woven into the fabric of our society and are uniquely Canadian. Do we want to allow a foreign interest destroy what we cherish as being uniquely Canadian? Canadians are proud of being an inclusive society that believes in being fair and any leanings towards debtors prison and destroying Canadian values that we cherish is something we adamantly oppose. Please help us hold our elected officials accountable and tell them we want the 407Act changed. Sign & share this petition and let's make a difference!
Please watch the documentary "Truth be Tolled" all 12 parts on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LUFAKyxy5Q&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL147BD4FFB72C1900 The problem with this type of tolling is not unique to Ontario. Texas has similar issues. We can do it better!
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