TORONTO – On November 22 at Queen’s Park, MPPs voted unanimously to pass Bill 50, the Cutting Red Tape for Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2018 at Second Reading. This was a crucial step in the legislative process for the Bill, which has now been referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly. Bills need to pass three readings before they become law.
Bill 50 was introduced by Mike Harris, the MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.
If passed, Bill 50 would eliminate the need for automobile dealers to physically bring paperwork back and forth to a licensing office upon completion of a sale or lease. Instead, dealers would be able to register and licence the newly sold vehicle online, from their dealership.
During the debate, MPP Harris stressed Bill 50 is good for both auto dealers and consumers stating “Here’s the bottom line, Mr. Speaker: moving the vehicle registration process online will make motor vehicle dealerships one stop shops, saving dealers and customers time and money.”
Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations for the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association was pleased Bill 50 was put into the next gear. He said, “The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association is thrilled with Bill 50 passing Second Reading. Having the Bill pass with all-party support shows it’s an issue everyone can get behind to modernize Ontario’s auto retail sector. We want to thank MPPs from all parties for supporting this much needed Bill and allowing it to proceed to the next stage of the legislative process.”
• The Province of Quebec has permitted automobile dealers to conduct in-dealership vehicle registrations since 2002, with 700 dealers currently participating. New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador currently provide this service.
• New York State has allowed auto dealers to provide this service since the 1990s.
• Harris was first elected to the Ontario Legislature on June 7, 2018, as the MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga. Bill 50 is his first Private Member’s Bill.
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