Transcourt, Oakville, ON, Sept. 2016: The province of Ontario has opened the country’s first High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane this September. It’s a 16.5-kilometer travel option for 500 solo drivers that was a random draw and had to pay $180 for a permit to drive in the new lane sans passengers.
The HOT lanes are not open to truck drivers just yet. Lanes have a vehicle weight limit of 4,500 kilograms, or 10,600 pounds.
The lanes are on the QEW in both directions from Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington.
Part of a pilot program, its expected to last anywhere from two to four years before decisions are made to implement HOT lanes elsewhere.
Should drivers be caught driving in the lane without a permit, a fine may be issued anywhere from $250 to $2,500.