Mike Harris' Cutting Red Tape for Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2018 Passes Second Reading with Unanimous Support

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22 November 2018

Queen’s Park, Toronto—Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, carried Bill 50 titled the Cutting Red Tape for Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2018 through second reading this afternoon in the Legislative Assembly. This Private Member’s Bill, if passed, would amend the Highway Traffic Act to enable certain motor vehicle dealers to apply for permits, number plates, sticker validations, and used vehicles information packages electronically online.

Bill 50 would amend the current vehicle registration process which requires that dealers physically transport paperwork to and from Service Ontario locations often leading to lengthy delays. Moving this process online will make motor vehicle dealerships one stop shops, saving dealers and customers time and money.


“We applaud MPP Harris for introducing Bill 50 and taking up the fight against red tape in Ontario’s auto sector. If passed, this bill will bring Ontario in line with other jurisdictions like Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI, New York State, Michigan and others” said Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations for the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association.


“I promised during the election to work with my colleagues to promote common sense initiatives that reduce red tape and promote economic growth in Waterloo Region, this bill is a step forward” argued Harris. Nick Heffner, Variable Operations Manager at Heffner Toyota in Kitchener, agrees: “If auto dealers were permitted to digitally register and license the vehicles they sell...it will save time and money, and free up Service Ontario staff for the general public. It’s a win-win situation.”


At the end of the day, this bill benefits the consumer. Colin Kropf, General Manager Voisin Chrysler Ltd in Elmira, also agrees: “If my business had the ability to register and license the vehicles I sell, I can go the extra mile to make sure car buyers would not experience delay to take delivery of their newly purchased vehicle.”