Driver's toll bill hassle cleaned up

Oshawa resident Brian Mann with his 407 bill, Monday, Feb.25, 2013. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)

Oshawa resident Brian Mann with his 407 bill, Monday, Feb.25, 2013. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)

Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

It may have taken 14 years to get there, but Brian Mann finally arrived at his 407 destination.

Actually 14 years and one day.

That kind of simplifies the story of the Oshawa electrician who was facing $2,855 in back fines for tolls on the 407 ETR dating to 1999 -- more than $2,300 of that in accumulated interest and administration charges.

Mann just recently found out about the years of non-payment and was facing not being able to renew his van's licence plate as a result.

But the Toronto Sun gets action -- with the help of a Hwy. 407 executive and the highway's ombudsman, too.

Mann was sure it was not him driving on the privately owned highway since he was in Asia during a lot the time in question. He just needed someone within the 407 to listen.

This is where 407 vice-president Kevin Sack came in.

Sack ordered an investigation and found Mann should not have faced this bill.

It turns out, somehow, there was a second license plate added to his original transponder -- even after that transponder was cancelled. For some reason the tolls kept being added on.


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