Increasing the Reporting Threshold for Property Damage Only (PDO) Collisions in Ontario
Ontario Regulation 596
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
Summary of Proposal:
A Property Damage Only (PDO) collision includes any vehicle collision in which no person sustains bodily injury, but damage is sustained to public/private property (including vehicles and their loads). The dollar threshold refers to the total value of property damage to vehicles and property in a collision.
The PDO collision reporting threshold (currently $1,000 in Ontario) is what police officers/enforcement agencies use to determine whether a non-fatal/non-injury vehicle collision should be reported to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles as required under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
Ontario's PDO threshold of $1,000 has remained unchanged since 1998 as this dollar-based threshold is not indexed to inflation. Due to a variety of factors (inflation, the increased number of registered vehicles, evolving automotive technologies, etc.) a collision resulting in $1,000 of vehicle damage in 1998 was likely more severe than a collision resulting in $1,000 of damage today.
MTO is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 596, which prescribes the threshold value for reporting property damage collisions for the purpose of the HTA section 199, subsection (1). The proposed change will increase the property damage reporting threshold from $1,000 to $2,000.
We invite you to submit comments on this proposal for MTO consideration. Please note that the ministry is also willing to consider comments suggesting other evidence-based options.
March 18, 2015
Comments Due Date:
May 4, 2015
Ministry of Transportation
Road Safety Policy Office
Safety Policy and Education Branch
1201 Wilson Avenue
Building "A", Room 212