1 Billion Dollars in Unpaid Traffic Tickets (Ontario)

Update: see previous post on Jan.5/10 Alberta, Montreal, Nova Scotia & Ontario Collect on Unpaid Tickets

Between the years 1999 – 2002, the Ontario Government transferred enforcement of provincial offences to municipalities throughout Ontario. This meant that municipalities now have the responsibility to collect on the fines, from the tickets that were issued within their municipality.

It is being reported that the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards is requesting that the Provincial Government help them collect on unpaid traffic tickets, which it claims has grown to exceed $1 billion.

In response to the request, Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley says the province is willing to listen if the police boards think they need more powers to go after speeding motorists from the United States who simply ignore tickets they get in Ontario. Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne calls the $1 billion in unpaid fines “unacceptable,” and says she’ll work with other ministries to make sure the penalties are finally paid.

This will most likely mean that the Provincial Government will be reviewing the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the Ontario Provincial Offences Act this fall and to make changes to provide municipalities with greater powers under these Acts.  This will mean tightening up the laws, eliminating any traffic ticket exemptions and raising traffic ticket fines – see prior posts: Toronto wants to Rake in Millions from Motorists, Increased Fines & Penalties in New Year, City of Toronto to Raise Parking Fees on January 1, 2010, Parking Tickets issued to non-residents of Ontario cannot be collected by the City of Toronto

In Ontario, overdue fines may not be such a big problem — in fact, some motorists have even ended up paying twice.

Ontarians have been known to pay outstanding traffic fines to both the Province and their Municipality only later to discover that their Municipalities still are attempting to collect on these same outstanding fines that were already paid. The only way that motorists can prevent the Province or Municipality from attempting to collect on the same traffic fine twice, is to maintain your receipt (proving that you paid the fine) after you have paid your fine. If the Municipality or Province attempts to collect for the second time, you must present the receipt to establish that you already paid.

Update: May 20/10 – If the price of Oil is so low, why is the price of gasoline still so High?

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