Apr 03, 2013
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion welcomes Bill 34 amending the Highway Traffic
Act and Provincial Offences Act which if passed will add to the list of offences
that will deny licence plates to drivers with unpaid traffic related fines owed to the City.
Offences such as speeding, improper lane changes, illegal turns, driving with no insurance and
careless driving as well charges to out-of-province drivers who run red lights and fail to stop
for school buses will fall under this legislation.
"Bill 34 represents a very necessary amendment of the Highway Traffic Act and
Provincial Offences Act for municipalities that operate Provincial Offences Courts and
will improve the administration of justice in Ontario," said Mayor Hazel McCallion.
"When the responsibility for the operation of the Provincial Offences Court function was
transferred to the City in 1999, almost $13 million in provincial offences fines were in
default with few resources to recover them. Cities were mandated to operate these facilities
without adequate tools to enforce fine payments to help manage costs."
The City of Mississauga has $36.7 million in Provincial Offences Act (POA) fines in
default (unpaid after 90 days) as of the end of January, 2013. Of this, $15 million represents
traffic related fines which this legislation could assist in collecting. Bill 34, tabled in the
Ontario Legislature this March, will support at least seven years of defaulted fines being
included in the regulation.
A news release from The Ministry of Transportation reports 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.
Bill 34, Highway Traffic Statute Law Amendment Act, 2013
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than
54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or
major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on
the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is
"Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its
Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
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