POA Plate Denial to Begin May 1st

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has announced that beginning on May 1st drivers with defaulted Provincial Offences Act (POA) fines will not be able to renew their licences plates. This new plate denial authority will extend to all defaulted POA fines dating back to May 1, 2010. The Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) is also implemented new measures that will help municipalities to recoup some of the costs associated with using collection agencies to collect defaulted fines.

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Municipalities to Gain Power to Deny Licence Plates for Unpaid Speeding Tickets

Under a new regulation, currently being considered by the Ministry of Transportation, municipalities will gain the power to deny licence plates to drivers with unpaid speeding tickets. The change, part of the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, originally passed in 2015, would apply licence plate denial retroactively to all outstanding driving-related fines over the last seven years. According to the government municipalities and the province are collectively owed $1.4 million in unpaid fines for provincial offences.

For more:

Ontario’s Regulatory Registry: Enhancing Municipal Collection of Defaulted Provincial Offences Act Fines 

Toronto Star: Ontario drivers with unpaid speeding tickets to be denied licence plates 

New Legislation to Help Municipalities Collect Defaulted POA Fines

Last week the government introduced Bill 218, the Burden Reduction Act, which is designed to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses in Ontario. The bill also contains a provision (section 70.1) that would amend the Provincial Offences Act (POA) to  require defendants who have a POA fine in default, to also pay some of the collection costs incurred by their municipality.

For more:

Bill 218, Burden Reduction Act 

Backgrounder: Burden Reduction Act