Red light camera loophole targeted in bill
Ottawa MPP's private members' bill aims to crack down on out-of-province red-light runners
An Ottawa MPP is trying to close a loophole that allows out-of-province vehicles caught running red lights to avoid fines in Ontario.
Yasir Naqvi, who is also president of the Ontario Liberal Party, has introduced a private member's bill that would allow municipalities to ticket out-of-province vehicles caught on red-light cameras.
He said the current law does not include mailing offence notices to non-Ontario addresses, even if there is an existing agreement in place to access licence plate information from other jurisdictions.
If passed, Naqvi said municipalities will be able to issue tickets to drivers with non-Ontario plates, using information supplied by a government of another province or state.
He introduced the legislation in response to complaints in Ottawa about non-Ontario drivers who are not punished for breaking the law.
Private member's bills rarely become law without the backing of the government.