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Ontario government implements automatic license plate renewals

DAN CEARNS The Standard

DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ontario government introduced an automatic license plate renewal system, starting on Canada Day, July 1st.

“Licence plates for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds will renew automatically, 90 days before expiry, if the vehicle owner has valid insurance and no outstanding fines or tolls. If a licence plate cannot be renewed automatically, the vehicle owner will be notified and required to manually renew, online or in person, at ServiceOntario,” an Ontario government press release stated.

This change was announced by Transportation Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria, at a press conference, held on Wednesday, June 26th.

“I know there’s nothing [which] frustrates people more than waiting,” Minister Sarkaria said, stressing this change will save drivers “more than 900,000 hours a year by skipping lines.”

Durham MPP, Todd McCarthy said, his goal is to make sure Ontarians' every interaction with government services is “seemless, secure and efficient.”

“We constantly strive to utilize innovative solutions, to streamline and improve government services, to unburden Ontarians and to save their precious time and money,” he added.

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