Enhancing Municipal Collection of Defaulted Provincial Offences Act Fines
Bill or Act:
Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario's Roads Safer), 2015
Summary of Proposal:
Ministry Regulatory Proposal
In support of the legislative changes made under the Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act, 2015, the ministry is proposing regulatory changes, which will:
• Apply licence plate denial retrospectively to all outstanding driving-related fines over the last seven years;
• Exempt jointly-owned vehicles (vehicles that are registered in the name of two or more persons) and vehicles registered to a company, from the application of plate denial.
The ministry is seeking input on the two aforementioned regulatory changes in order to ensure that the expansion of plate denial is:
a) effective in helping municipalities collect defaulted fines, including historic fines that have been imposed for offences that occurred in the past; and,
b) applied reasonably, only to actors eligible to receive a defaulted fine driver's licence suspension, without unduly impacting innocent third parties.
Ultimately, the overarching goal of the government's initiative to expand licence plate denial is to allow municipalities to collect outstanding fines that are owed to them. This initiative has the added benefits of also enhancing the administration of justice by ensuring that individuals who commit traffic offences are held accountable for their actions.
We invite your comments on these regulatory amendments.
December 1, 2016
Comments Due Date:
January 16, 2017
Ministry of Transportation
Road User Safety Division
87 Sir William Hearst Avenue
Toronto, ON M3M 0B4