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HOT Lanes Permit Applications and Permit Renewals

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HOT Lanes Permit Applications and Permit Renewals

Ministry of Transportation

Timeline for Permits and Renewals

  • Nov. 1 to 30, 2016: Applications and permit renewals open for the next three-month HOT permit term (Jan. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017). A draw will follow to determine the successful applicants.
  • Up to 1,000 HOT permits will be made available for each term. Permits cost $180 for a three-month term and are renewable for a maximum of two terms.
  • If an applicant was not successful in the draw, they can enter a future draw for a next three-month HOT permit term. Permit applications will be accepted each February, May, August and November of the pilot projectthrough Ontario.ca/HOTLanes.

HOT Lanes Permit Stickers

Permit purchasers receive HOT permit stickers in the mail. Two permits are affixed to the vehicle, with one inside on the front windshield on the left side of the vehicle, and the second outside the vehicle on the rear windshield on the right side of the vehicle.

Who can use HOT Lanes?

  • Vehicles with a HOT permit
  • Vehicles with two or more people
  • Buses
  • Plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles with green licence plates
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Licensed taxis and airport limousines

Details about the Pilot

During the pilot, the province is exploring and testing innovative technology to support electronic HOT lanes in the future, including technologies to support tolling, compliance and network monitoring.

HOT permits can be used by eligible single occupant vehicles to access HOV lanes on the QEW only.  These permits are not valid for travel on other provincial or municipal HOV lanes.

The Ontario Provincial Police carry out enforcement. If an HOT lane user is found in violation, they may be fined or issued a penalty. There are two options for issuing penalties:

  1. HOV offence - the penalty for improper HOV lane use is a fine of $110 and three demerit points
  2. Pilot offence - a fine of not less than $250 and not more than $2,500

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