Sometimes, a piece of proposed government legislation is a no-brainer. Not often, but it happens from time to time.
That’s the case with Ontario Leeds-Grenville Conservative MPP Steve Clark’s private member’s bill, the Cutting Red Tape for Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, formally known as Bill 3.
It has largely flown under the radar, but if passed would save auto dealers time and money by allowing them to, well, cut red tape.
Under it, dealers could do any of the following at the dealership by electronic means:
• Apply for a permit, number plates or a validation for a vehicle.
• Apply for a new permit for a vehicle.
• Apply for a used-vehicle information package.
It would also align Ontario with Quebec and Prince Edward Island, the only two provinces that allow licensing of vehicles by dealers in-house.
No more sending staff to the nearest Service Ontario outlet to license a maximum of vehicles two at a time, as is the case in Belleville, Ont., for example. And no need to have public servants make “house calls” to deliver paperwork twice a day, like they do in Peterborough.
In-house licensing is also a plus for customers. No more waiting for the final call that their car is ready. New-car buyers would be able to simply drive off the lot rather than leaving and returning an additional time.
The bill hasn’t come up for debate in the Ontario legislature and Clark hopes the governing provincial Liberals eventually make it part of the upcoming budget.
The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association, which represents about 1,000 dealerships in Ontario, will launch a website to educate the public about the bill and to lobby the government to get it passed. It’s asking customers who have had to come and go from the dealership, or wait in line at Service Ontario branches before they take ownership of their new rides, to email their MPP in support of the bill.
But this isn’t something that makes sense in only three provinces, it makes sense in every province