Mayor David Miller
RE: New Taxation Measures, City of
Personal Vehicle Ownership Tax
Your Worship Mayor Miller,
We urge Toronto City Council to reconsider automobile tax policy in the City of
We are encouraged by the City’s Climate Change Action Plan. We are also encouraged by the City’s Green Sector Economic Development and hope to benefit from your support of local business. However, real climate change action requires consistent support in all tax policy – especially in transportation.
Once a motorist pays a fixed tax, she is encouraged to drive as much as possible to recover the full value of her investment. Put another way, if I have already paid money to own and drive a car and if that payment has no relation to the amount I use my car and if any reduction I produce will not result in direct savings to me, then why I would pay another $2.75 to ride a transit system?
Only when motorists pay more per trip for driving will they be incented to pay for transit. The fairest type of per-trip charge is a distance-based charge modulated for congestion management. There is a made-in-Toronto technology to deliver this.
We’d be pleased to meet with you to further discuss
CEO, Skymeter Corporation
CC: Councillor Shelley Carroll,
Patsy Morris, Committee Administrator,