Motor Vehicle Retailers of Ontario Statement on Bill 139, the Less Red Tape, More Common Sense Act, 2023

October 23, 2023

“Illegal, unlicensed vehicle dealers – commonly known as curbsiders – pose a danger to car buyers. Curbsiders disguise themselves as individuals selling vehicles privately – but often run underground businesses that sell stolen vehicles, vehicles with undisclosed accident repairs, and vehicles that were previously written off.

Representing Ontario’s 1,100 new car and truck retailers, the Motor Vehicle Retailers of Ontario (MVRO) is pleased that Parm Gill, the Minister of Red Tape Reduction, has introduced Bill 139 that proposes to double the minimum fine for curbsiders from $2,500 to $5,000. We thank Minister Gill for his leadership to get tough on criminals.

Over the past decade, the MVRO has advocated for tougher penalties on curbsiders. We appreciate Minister Gill putting our advice into action. The minimum fine for curbsiding has not been increased since the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) was passed in 2002. Bill 139 is another example of Premier Doug Ford and Minister Gill showcasing common sense and getting it done.

We also acknowledge this important piece of consumer protection is the first legislative amendment to the MVDA under the leadership of Todd McCarthy, the recently appointed Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery. We look forward to continue working with him.

Bill 139 should be passed without delay.”

– Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations

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