Ontario wants to suspend car thieves’ licenses for 10 years

Ontario wants to suspend car thieves’ licenses for 10 years
Ontario wants to suspend car thieves’ licenses for 10 years

Ontario is stepping up its efforts to reduce car thefts in the province. Under a new bill proposed by the province, people convicted of car theft could be disqualified from driving for 10 years for the first offense, 15 years for the second and life for the third.

The government therefore proposes three levels of driving license suspension, depending on the number of offenses. The license suspension will only take place if the court determines that aggravating factors are involved in the offense. She cites the use of violence, a weapon, force, a threat or the quest for financial gain.

Car theft is cowardly and often violent. This can traumatize victims and communitiessaid Transport Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria.

Car thefts have increased in the Greater Toronto Area in recent years. In the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, north of Toronto, flights jumped 187 per cent between 2019 and 2023, according to Nando Iannicca, regional president and CEO of Peel.

During the same period in Toronto, car thefts increased from 5,362 to 12,262, an increase of 128%.

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Criminals who want to steal a car need to know that there will be severe consequences if they commit the offensesaid Solicitor General Michael Kerzner.

Last November, Ontario announced investments of $18 million to help police services prevent car thefts. In January, Ottawa announced $121 million in funding for Ontario to combat gun violence and car theft.

Measures against stunts

Ontario is also tackling car stunts, which are causing headaches for some mayors in Toronto’s suburbs.

The province’s new bill would impose a one-year license suspension on people convicted of such an offense for the first time, three years for a second offense and ten years for a third.

Motorists suspended for the third time could have their lifetime suspension reduced to 10 years in certain circumstances.


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Vaughan Mayor Steven Del Duca wants to reduce the number of car stunt gatherings. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Evan Mitsui

The mayor of Vaughan Steven Del Duca, whose Municipality imposes fines of up to $10,000 on people participating in stunt gatherings, welcomed the Ford government’s new measures.

Suspensions for car theft represent the type of innovative fine we needhe said in a press release.



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