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Driving With A Suspended Licence Could Cost You Your Vehicle

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Driving With A Suspended Licence Could Cost You Your Vehicle

McGuinty Government Protecting Ontario Families

Ministry of Transportation

Starting December 1st, police will have more tools to get suspended and impaired drivers off our roads. This change will also mean added enforcement against people who have had their driver's licences suspended for consistently not paying family support. 

The new 7-day vehicle impoundment will apply to drivers whose licences are suspended for:

These changes are part of the Road Safety Act, 2009 and will make Ontario's roads safer for all drivers. 

Quick Facts

  • Driving while suspended is a serious issue across North America. It is estimated that up to three-quarters of all suspended drivers continue to drive.
  • Approximately 2.3 per cent of all fatal and injury crashes in Ontario involve drivers with suspended or revoked licences.
  • Annually, Ontario issues approximately 17,000 licence suspensions related to driving with a blood alcohol concentration over .08 and/or for failing/refusing to provide a breath sample.
  • Between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010, the Family Responsibility Office suspended 3,965 driver's licenses.

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“Drivers who continue to get behind the wheel and put others at risk when their licence is suspended are unacceptable. To keep our roads safe, police have been given the tools to get these drivers off our roads”

Kathleen Wynne

Transportation Minister

“Good parents do the right thing and pay to support their children, but sometimes we need to take stronger action. This new measure adds to the Family Responsibility Office's enforcement measures, and will help us recover support payments owed to Ontario children and families.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community and Social Services

“MADD Canada is pleased to see Ontario introducing new vehicle impoundment measures to deal with drivers who repeatedly disregard the law. Impounding vehicles is an effective option for dealing with those drivers who do not get the message and continue to drive impaired or while suspended.”

Andrew Murie

Chief Executive Officer, MADD Canada

“This new law will help save lives because it will provide police with the necessary tools to seize vehicles from drivers who, through irresponsible driving behaviour, put the motoring public and their families at risk of serious injury and death.”

- Chris Lewis

Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner

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