The Government of Ontario has introduced a five-year plan to curb driver, vehicle and commercial fee increases.
Key driver, vehicle and commercial fees will not increase until July 1, 2020. This is the third round of driver and vehicle fee increases that have been cancelled by the government. A modest two per cent increase to remaining fees will take effect on July 12, 2019.
Fees that will not increase this year include: driver's licence renewals, driver's licence applications, and vehicle plate, permit and validation fees.
"CAA is pleased the Ministry of Transportation has maintained licence and validation fees for both passenger and commercial vehicles at current levels for the coming year. This decision will result in a benefit for millions of drivers across Ontario," said Elliott Silverstein, Manager, Government Relations, CAA South Central Ontario.
Ontario Trucking Association president Stephen Laskowski also applauded the change, saying it follows recommendations his association made following 70 percent increase in fees in 2014.
Revenues from fees help support improvements to Ontario's roads, bridges and highways.