Driving is costing Quebecers a pretty penny.
According to a new study by Trajectoire Quebec, automobile transportation and roads cost Quebecers $43 to $51 billion per year.
The study was released in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.
The report highlights that in the last 20 years, the combined spending on the automotive sector by the three levels of government has jumped to $6.7 million.
“By including public spending, Quebec motorists spend more than $43 billion a year on the ownership and maintenance of their vehicles,” said Trajectoire Quebec.
This means that the average household of four spends $20,000 on automotive costs per year. Quebecers are spending over 20% of their disposable income on transportation. This is more than what is spent on food, education or health.
“The increase in the burden of transport weighs heavily on household budgets and contributes to their debt,” said Karel Mayrand, executive director of the David Suzuki Foundation for Quebec and the Atlantic, in a statement.
“By investing in public transit and alternative transportation solutions, Quebec would help restore a little oxygen to families whose budgets are burdened by automobile expenses.”