MTO: 2% Plate Increase Set For July 2020

The government of Ontario announced that starting July 2020 commercial place prices will begin to increase by two percent and continue to rise by two percent each year until 2023. Oversized single trip and blanket permits already increased by 2 two percent on July 2019. According to the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), “The highest priced commercial plates will go from $4,693.00 in 2019 to $4,786.75 in 2020.” The price will continue to rise by two percent every year until 2023. 

In 2014 Ontario charged up to 70 percent for commercial plates and fees to accommodate for the long absence of no increased fees. The OTA told the Ontario government that, “such rapid increases could not be absorbed in the supply chain and that any increases should be modest and better planned by being tied to either the CPPI or inflation.” Naturally, we experience increased fees to not only reduce the need for additional revenue sources, but the money is invested back into the community.

In summary to the OTA chart, a complete list of fees and plate increases is listed below:

Product/ServiceScheduled to
increase to
Fee will remain at
Driver’s Licence Original and Renewal$91.50$90.00
Driver Instructor’s
Licence
$1.36/month$1.33/month
Passenger Vehicle
Validation
$122.00 (South)  
$61.00 (North)
$120.00 (South) 
$60.00 (North)
Light Commercial <3,000kgVehicle Validation – Personal Use Only $122.00 (South)  
$61.00 (North)
$120.00 (South)  
$60.00 (North)
Light Commercial <3,000kg Vehicle Validation –
Business
$122.00$120.00
Motorcycle and Moped
Validation
Motorcycle: $43.00 South $21.50 North Moped: $12.25Motorcycle: $42.00 South $21.00 NorthMoped: $12.00
Heavy Commercial
Vehicle Validation – IRP
$270.50 – $4,786.75$265.25 – $4,693.00
Heavy Commercial
Vehicle Validation – non-IRP
$270.50 – $4,786.75$265.25 – $4,693.00
Farm Vehicle Validation$160.25 – $1,270.50$157.00 – $1,245.50

OTA chair David Carruth stated that while no one wants to pay more fees, a measured and planned approach to the public would allow the industry to plan with other members of the supply chain to discuss the increased fees prior to them taking effect. Carruth said, “As an industry, what we’d like to see is these extra plate and fee revenues being directed to MTO and other provincial enforcement officers to support targeted enforcement aimed at the bottom of our industry who use ELD cheat devices, emissions control delete kits, deactivated speed limiters and those who use the Driver Inc model for employing drivers and to avoid paying their fair share of taxes and WSIB remittances at the expense of responsible, compliant carriers.” Carruth believes that those who are cheating the system should be the ones subjected to the increased fees rather than the greater public.

Source: http://ontruck.org/mto-introduces-2-scheduled-plate-increases-for-july-2020/