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.
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.
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.
The Ministry of Justice has announced that, effective January 1 2016, municipalities will be paying increased administrative costs to operate Provincial Offences Act (POA) courts. These increases will include a 50% rise in the costs per hour for Justices of the Peace and a 50% increase in the cost of monitoring agreements. Find out more here.