January 17, 2017

Under the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, 2015 the provincial government can make regulations to deny license plate renewals to drivers with outstanding POA fines. Municipalities have $1.4 billion in uncollected POA fines on the books. AMO has been advocating for plate denial for drivers with outstanding fines for some years. This authority will come into effect in May 2017.

Recently, the Ontario government published a regulatory proposal to limit plate denial to fines in the last seven years and exempt plates where vehicles are jointly owned and for corporate fleets. Once finalized, these regulations will allow the government to begin plate denial for unpaid POA fines. While these exemptions limit the value of unpaid fines, municipalities are looking forward to get this system into place soon so that they can begin collecting on some of the outstanding penalties.