The Province says a new task force will improve provincial oversight of the towing industry.
The province says the new 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 party’s over for the bad actors who are engaged in violence and criminal activity in the towing industry,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We’re going to keep working with our police partners to bring these criminals to justice.”
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.
As part of the review, the task force may consider opportunities for increased protections for consumers against the first-to-scene unethical business practices, insurance savings through a crackdown on insurance fraud rings or improved consumer choice for payments and repairs. The province is also reviewing ways to improve our transportation system by clearing accidents more quickly which would minimize lane reductions and reduce congestion on our highways.
“Most tow truck operators in Ontario are responsible and play a critical role in keeping our roadways safe,” said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney. “However, like all people of Ontario, our government is concerned about the recent reported incidents of violence in the towing industry.”
Membership of the task force will include representatives from the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of the Solicitor General, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the Ministry of Finance and the Ontario Provincial Police.
Once the task force has developed proposals for discussion and comment, it will be consulting with industry, municipalities, and public safety experts.