Ontario Introduces Legislation to Take Action Against Stunt Driving and Street RacingPublished on April 26, 2021
Proposed legislation would also strengthen provincial oversight of the towing sector
TORONTO – The Ontario government is taking strong action to protect road users against unsafe and aggressive driving with the introduction of the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021, also known as the MOMS Act. The proposed legislation will introduce new measures to combat high-risk driving and improve road safety, including longer driver’s licence suspensions and longer vehicle impoundment periods for drivers who engage in stunt driving, street racing and aggressive driving.
Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, introduced the MOMS Act in the legislature earlier today.
“I’m proud to see the introduction of this legislation that addresses the concerns raised in my February Private Members’ Motion regarding Stunt Driving and Street Racing on our roads and highways,” said Nina Tangri, Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville. “The message I’ve been hearing from the community is clear: this has become an increasing problem and action must be taken. These new measures will keep Ontario’s roads safe and prevent repeat offences through escalating post-conviction penalties.”
If passed by the legislature, the MOMS Act would also introduce measures to protect vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and highway workers, improve truck safety and strengthen the province’s oversight of the towing sector by creating the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021. This Act would require tow operators, tow truck drivers and vehicle storage operators to be certified and set new standards for customer protection and roadside behaviours, including penalties for non-compliance.
“Both as Minister of Transportation and a parent to driving-aged teens, I am extremely concerned by the rising numbers of young drivers in Ontario caught stunt driving, street racing and driving aggressively,” said Minister Mulroney. “By increasing driver’s licence suspensions and vehicle impoundment periods, the MOMS Act sends a clear message to drivers – driving is a privilege and those who threaten the safety of others have no place on our roads.”
“The MOMS Act targets the worst actors on our roads by creating escalating suspensions for repeat offenders and setting a lower speed threshold for stunt driving charges on municipal roads,” said Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation. “With this Act, we are taking concrete action to protect people and families on our roads.”
- The number of driver’s licence suspensions issued at roadside for street racing/stunt driving increased 130 per cent between 2013 and 2019.
- Roadside driver’s licence suspensions for street racing/stunt driving increased an additional 52 per cent between March and August 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Nearly five per cent of drivers suspended during this period had one or more previous suspensions in the previous five years.
- Young drivers aged 16-25 represented only 19 per cent of drivers involved in collisions between March and June 2020 but 42 per cent of drivers involved in collisions with a police-recorded speed of 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) or more above the posted limit.
- Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021
- Comparison Chart: Current vs Proposed Stunt Driving and Street Racing Penalties
- MPP Tangri's Private Members' Motion - Feb 22 2021