Regulation - LGIC

Towing and Vehicle Storage: Proposed regulations under the Consumer Protection Act and the Repair and Storage Liens Act

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 17/05 (General)
Bill or Act:
Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014
Summary of Decision:
New regulation - Ontario Regulation 427/15 (General) under the Repair and Storage Liens Act has been approved - Effective July 1, 2016.

Amendments to Ontario Regulation 17/05 (General) under the Consumer Protection Act have been approved - Effective January 1, 2017.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
15-MGCS013
Posting Date:
September 16, 2015
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is seeking feedback on proposed regulatory changes under the Consumer Protection Act, 2002 (CPA) and the Repair and Storage Liens Act (RSLA).

On November 20, 2014, the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014 received Royal Assent. The MGCS-led provisions of the Act:
˗ Amend the CPA to establish tow and storage specific consumer protection measures; and
˗ Amend the RSLA to address storage notification and related issues.

To assist in the development of proposed regulations, the towing and storage consultation panel provided recommendations to government. The ministry received additional feedback on the panel's recommendations during regional consultation sessions (held in Mississauga, London, Pickering, Ottawa and Sudbury) and through the regulatory registry posting of the Towing and Vehicle Storage Consultations Findings and Recommendations Report which occurred from July 14 - August 12, 2015.

Links to the proposed regulations and a summary report can be found below.

You may also wish to comment on a related proposal by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) entitled "Proposed amendments to regulations under the Highway Traffic Act related to tow trucks". MTO is proposing amendments to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) with respect to commercial motor vehicles and tow trucks. Vehicles commonly known as tow trucks and other vehicles that are used for towing would be impacted by the proposed regulation.

How You Can Help

The ministry welcomes feedback on the proposed regulations and encourages anyone interested to provide comments.

You may submit your feedback by:
• Commenting on the proposal through the Regulatory Registry;
• E-mailing towingandstorage@ontario.ca with "Towing and Vehicle Storage Proposed Regulations" in the subject line; or
• Mailing comments to:
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Consumer Policy and Liaison Branch
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M7A 2J3

You may submit comments directly or use the feedback form provided.

Thank you for taking the time to review the draft regulations. We look forward to your response.

Subject Keywords: towing, tow truck operator, tow truck owner, tow truck driver, tow truck broker, storer, requirements, consumer, rights, notification period, fair value, municipalities, municipal, lien
Contact Address:
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Consumer Policy and Liaison Branch
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Effective Date:
July 1, 2016
Decision:
Approved