“Several hundreds of dollars a year to get over the bridge to get to therapies.”
A mother of three young children, all on the autism spectrum, says the tolled bridges over the Fraser discriminate against parents of special needs kids.
Talking to Global BC, Melissa Crowhurst says she crosses the tolled Port Mann frequently each week to get her kids to daily therapy sessions.
Crowhurst says it costs her hundreds of dollars and while TReO offers a disability exemption, kids need not apply.
“You could have more than one owner, so we went to ICBC to try and get our oldest son registered as one of the co-owners of the vehicle. Our insurance person said she talked to ICBC and they wouldn’t do it.”
Bridge operator TI Corp’s Greg Johnson admits they have been getting complaints.
“Right now, we are in the early stages of a review. We recognize there are customers that want to be included – we want to make sure that we can do that and that is why we are going back and doing a review.”
Crowhurst says parents with special needs kids already face many costs and the tolling charges just add to the pile.