I don't know whether Melanie McIntosh is a victim of circumstance or just poor money management.
The suburban Vancouver woman owes more than $5,000 in bridge tolls and, according to CBC News, is not being allowed to renew her car insurance as a consequence.
She seems to be the most egregious of thousands of some 14,000 freeloaders who owe $25 or more for using the Golden Ears Bridge. It opened in June 2009 to replace a small, free ferry that took vehicles across the Fraser River between suburban Maple Ridge and Langley, east of Vancouver.
The elegant span is obviously more convenient and also cuts a lot of time off the trip but it's been underused. People seem to balk at paying for something that used to be free, and apparently plenty of those who use the bridge don't feel obliged to pay the minimum three bucks per car – and up to $10 for large trucks – in electronic tolls per trip.
A similar problem is developing with the new Port Mann Bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway across theRead More »from B.C. woman could lose auto-insurance coverage after racking up more than $5k in unpaid bridge tolls