TORONTO – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has formally adopted a resolution to support Bill 2, the Cutting Red Tape for Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2018 at its Annual General Meeting in Hamilton this past weekend.
Previously known as Bill 3 and Bill 152 in previous sessions of Parliament, Bill 2 is a Private Members Bill put forward by Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark. If passed, the Bill would allow auto dealers to register and license the vehicles they sell by electronic means, from their dealership. This would eliminate the outdated requirement to physically transport paperwork back and forth or wait in line at a licensing office upon the completion of a sale to process paperwork. This would save auto dealers time and money and allow consumers to take possession of their new vehicle minutes after signing a contract.
“The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce deserves much credit for this fantastic outcome,” said Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations for the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association. “Ontario’s 1,000 new car dealers appreciate their hard work and advocacy in helping to raise the profile of Bill 2. We are grateful to the Newmarket Chamber and other Chambers who sponsored the resolution for supporting this important initiative for Ontario’s auto sector.”
The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce authored the original resolution put to the Ontario Chamber for consideration at the AGM. The resolution received widespread support and was sponsored by those Chambers representing Vaughan, Sarnia-Lambton, Greater Niagara, Greater Peterborough and Hamilton.
“I’m thankful to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and its membership for their support of Bill 2. Along with backing of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association and its 1,000 members, this sends a powerful message to Queen’s Park that it’s time modernize the vehicle registration and licensing process by passing my bill.
“This initiative started in response to concerns by auto dealers in Brockville where Service Ontario delays were costing them time and money while leaving customers frustrated. Since then, dealers across Ontario have told me cutting this needless red tape will improve the customer experience and help grow this key sector of our economy.” – Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville and PC Deputy Leader
“The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce is proud to have partnered with the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association on this issue. Businesses are operating in an increasingly competitive climate where speed and service are critical. The passage of Bill 2 means that wait times will be reduced and unnecessary regulatory burden lessened.” -Debra Scott, President & CEO Newmarket Chamber of Commerce
- The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association represents over 1,000 new car dealers across Ontario.
- Bill 2 was before MPPs in previous sessions of Parliament, then known as Bill 3 and Bill 152. In December 2016, Bill 152 received all-party support during second reading debate.
- Quebec has allowed auto dealers to register vehicles since 2002. New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador, New York State, Michigan and other US states have similar programs.
- In 2011, the province of Ontario conducted a pilot project on electronic vehicle licensing and registration at two new car dealerships that was viewed as successful by the participating dealers and the government.