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Helping Municipalities Collect Unpaid Fines

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Helping Municipalities Collect Unpaid Fines

New Ontario Government Committed to Road Safety

Ministry of Transportation

The new Ontario government is taking action to help municipalities collect unpaid traffic fines from drivers who do not follow the rules of the road. 

Legislation to be introduced later this week would, if passed, deny licence plates to drivers who have unpaid fines for offences such as speeding, improper lane changes, illegal turns, driving with no insurance and careless driving.

The legislation would also make it easier for municipalities to charge out-of-province drivers who run red lights and fail to stop for school buses.

Supporting municipalities and keeping families safe on the roads is part of the new Ontario government's plan to boost the economy and strengthen communities. 

Quick Facts

  • Unpaid fines related to the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act account for approximately 70 per cent of the total amount of unpaid fines owed to municipalities.
  • Fines owed to municipalities are increasing by an average of approximately $100 million a year.
  • Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America.

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“Ontario’s new government is taking action to help municipalities collect unpaid fines owed to them. This new legislation, if passed, will also keep Ontario’s roads safe by making those who break the rules of the road responsible for their actions.”

Glen Murray

Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure

“This proposed legislation will help ensure that municipalities like Ottawa can issue tickets to out-of-province vehicles caught by red light cameras, which is a serious concern in our city.”

Yasir Naqvi

MPP, Ottawa Centre

“I am pleased that the Government of Ontario has brought this proposed legislation forward. This isn’t just a matter of collecting revenue, it is about accountability and the enforcement of laws that are there to protect public safety.”

Jim Watson

Mayor of Ottawa



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