The provincial government is conducting consultations into possible legislation that would regulate the province’s tow-truck industry.
By Jacob Serebrin
One meeting has been held with stakeholder groups so far, according to Ontario’s Ministry of Consumer Services.
The consultation is scheduled to end in spring of this year and the law could be introduced shortly after. But, due to the fact that the consultations are still in the preliminary stages, an exact timeline for the introduction of any new laws is not yet available and will depend on what the consultation panel recommends.
The move is part of the provincial government’s auto insurance reform plan.
The province’s Auto Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force recommended the introduction of tow-truck regulations, as did a coroner’s inquest into a 2009 collision between a car and a tow truck that killed a Mississauga man.
Several Ottawa city councillors and the head of by-law services have also called for regulations. They say that some tow-truck operators overcharge customers, driving up insurance rates.