Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021
On April 26, 2021, the Ontario government introduced the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021 as part of a broader proposed legislative package entitled Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021 (the “Moms” Act).
If passed, the proposed Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021, would improve provincial oversight of the towing industry by requiring tow operators, tow truck drivers, and vehicle storage operators to be certified. The proposal will also outline vehicle and equipment requirements for tow trucks, and set new standards for customer protection and roadside behaviours, among other issues. A towing director would be appointed to oversee these new requirements, and towing inspectors would be added for enforcement and investigations, together with penalties for non-compliance.
In addition, the broader proposed Moms Act introduces new measures to combat high-risk driving and improve road safety, including longer driver’s license suspensions and longer vehicle impoundment periods for drivers who engage in stunt driving, street racing and aggressive driving.
City staff will continue to monitor and review legislative proposals from the Province of Ontario in order to inform any recommendations for local regulations.