TORONTO, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of
Ontario is pleased with legislation introduced today by the Government
of Ontario, and supported by all political parties, that would deny
license plates to those who have failed to pay fines for offences under
the Provincial Offences Act (POA).
"Municipalities have long pressed for these powers, which will help
recoup millions of dollars for municipalities and most importantly,
will ensure that individuals are held responsible for their actions and
that justice is served," said Russ Powers, AMO President.
Besides denying license plates for unpaid fines related to violations
such as speeding tickets, careless driving and driving with no
insurance, the proposal makes it easier for municipalities to pursue
out-of-province drivers who run red lights or fail to stop for school
Responsibility for POA administration, including courts and fine
collection, was transferred to municipalities in 1997.
AMO's long standing call for new tools to collect POA fines was one of
its '12 Asks' in the 2011 Ontario provincial election. AMO will continue to work with
the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of the Attorney General
to complete other pending changes in the provincial-municipal action
plan to improve POA fine collection.
At present the administrative changes necessary to support this
legislation may take two years to complete. AMO urges the government
to complete these changes as quickly as possible so that municipalities
will be able to collect the fines owing.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's
444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and
effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of
municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and
Canada's political system.
SOURCE: Association of Municipalities of Ontario
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Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, firstname.lastname@example.org
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