Towing Task Force - To Improve Provincial Oversight of the Towing Industry

Published on July 07, 2020

The Ontario government is establishing a task force to improve provincial oversight of the towing industry. The government is taking this action in response to concerns raised about incidents of criminal activity and violence in the towing industry. The task force will review a number of topics related to the towing industry, which could include provincial oversight of safety, consumer protection, improved industry standards, training and background checks.

The government, like everyone who uses Ontario’s roads and highways, is deeply concerned with the continued incidents of violence and criminal activity in the towing industry.  That is why the government is taking immediate action to improve industry standards and shutdown criminal activity that puts Ontarians in danger on our roadsides through greater provincial oversight of the towing industry.

This urgent regulatory action and oversight will be led by a joint provincial task force that will consult with industry, municipalities and public safety experts in response to concerns raised around the incidents of criminal activity and violence in the towing industry.  The task force will help develop a regulatory model that will increase safety and enforcement, clarify protections for consumers, improve industry standards and consider tougher penalties for violators.

The task force membership will include representatives from the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Ministry of Finance and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Safety is the government’s top priority. A report will be provided back to Ontarians on the task force’s proposals for further action to improve safety on Ontario’s roadsides.

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