Ontario government fighting against 407 ETR decision

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario government is reviewing the Nov. 7 judicial decision compelling the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to refuse to validate or issue vehicle permits for those persons who have failed to pay tolls and administrative fees owed to 407 ETR. The announcement was made by Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar.

“We are disappointed with this decision,” Takhar said. “Denying someone the right to renew their license plate significantly affects their ability to drive, and that is very serious. It’s even more serious when it occurs through no fault of their own, but because the 407 ETR electronic system made a mistake.”

The province is reviewing this decision to determine the next course of action, including appeal. As part of this review, the province will consider if a stay of the decision should be pursued to ensure no plates are denied before an appeal is heard.

The province and 407 ETR agreed in February 2000 that plate denial would be suspended until 407 ETR’s systems were working properly. 407 ETR launched a judicial review on July 23, 2004, calling for the Registrar to immediately enforce plate denial.

There continues to be other legal proceedings between the company and the Ontario government. The government is making every effort to ensure that 407 ETR is complying with the 99-year agreement. With another 93 years left, the province said it will continue its efforts to use every means available to protect the public interest.

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