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Ontario to Provide New York State with Driver Licence Plate Information For the Collection of Highway Toll Fees

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Ontario to Provide New York State with Driver Licence Plate Information For the Collection of Highway Toll Fees

Ministry of Transportation

TORONTO - The Province of Ontario has signed an agreement with New York State to provide them with formal access to individual licence plate information on vehicles registered in Ontario that use New York's tolled highways. 

An agreement with New York State was signed in late October 2019.

Traditionally, tolls were collected at toll booths or gates. However, technological advances have eliminated the need for physical barriers, and electronic toll devices can capture vehicle licence place images for the purpose of billing users after a trip.

Ontarians that have used New York's tolled highways will now receive an invoice for their use of tolled roads in New York State. Going forward, this practice would apply to any other jurisdictions with which Ontario has an information-sharing agreement.

Ontarians and out-of-province drivers are expected to pay for the use of tolled roads in Ontario, and the same is expected in other jurisdictions. The user-pay principle is an essential part of toll road management.

Access to licence plate information will benefit Ontario's jurisdictional partners and bring in increased revenue for the province through compensation for this access.

Quick Facts

  • New York State will be able to access Ontario licence plate information in order to send vehicle owners bills in the mail for the use of New York’s cashless toll lanes.
  • Out-of-province charges will not have any impact on Ontarians’ driver or vehicle records.
  • The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has consulted with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario to ensure the protection of Ontarians’ privacy.

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