Stop enforcing collections for the privately run Highway 407 ETR by preventing vehicle plate renewal!
  • Petitioning Kathleen Wynne

This petition will be delivered to:

Premier of Ontario
Kathleen Wynne
MPP Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock
Laurie Scott

Stop enforcing collections for the privately run Highway 407 ETR by preventing vehicle plate renewal!

    1. Andrew Bird
    2. Petition by

      Andrew Bird

      Woodville, ON, Canada

If you have ever had an issue with registering a vehicle in Ontario because of an "outstanding" 407 ETR bill, please read on.

Highway 407 ETR is owned (leased) by 407 International Inc., who is owned by Cintra Infraestructuras S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovial S.A. by indirect subsidiaries of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and by SNC-Lavalin.

Recently, I was denied being able to register a vehicle in my name because of an alleged outstanding Hwy 407 ETR bill. I was advised that the outstanding amount of $400 that dated back to 2002 was now $39,458.31. I have a few problems with this; 1) In 2002 I disputed the charges and the 407 recognized that they had made a mistake, 2) How does $400 turn into $39k and 3) Why is the Provincial Goverment of Ontario acting as a collection agency for a privately owned business? I am not sure which of the three above is more concerning. I do know that the Province of Ontario would never persue deliquent accounts for companies who owe my privately owned business money. A portion of our tax dollars is being used to collect money for a private business and I take exception to that! Without due process, I have been deemed guilty by the MTO and denied the ability to register a vehicle in my name. This has had an impact on my ability to work and earn a living and I take exception to that too.

Additionally, I have come to learn that the majority of the alleged amount that I owe is a result of late fees, interest and other charges. Since the MTO is acting as the collection agency for the 407 ETR, they take the information, in this case a grossly inflated bill, and without investigating it enforce it. This allows the 407 ETR to charge whatever they want to. Consider this, if you had a business and the Province of Ontario was your collection agency, you would have the ability to inflate charges, falsify information and charge a person whatever you want without recourse because the MTO will stop you from driving in Ontario.

It is important for me to add that I have ALWAYS been willing to pay my bill. I just want an accurate bill to pay. I am not complaining about the fees for using the highway, although they are extremely high but I used it and I should pay for it. I don't feel that I should be made to pay for their accounting errors and that is what I have disputed from 2002.

Premier Wynne, the Province of Ontario should not be a collection agency for a private business and this should stop immeditaely. Blocking a persons ability to register a vehicle because of an alleged outstanding bill owed to a privately owned company is wrong.

Stop making the taxpayers of Ontario pay for collection of money owed or allegedly owed to a private business. (Unelss you intend on taking on collections for any and all other businesses in the Province of Ontario who are owed money.) 

 

To:
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Laurie Scott, MPP Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock
Stop enforcing collections for the privately run Highway 407 ETR!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Ontario Ombudsman

      Andrew Bird
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much for your ongoing support to rein in 407 ETR. While we are waiting on the Appeal Court's decision on 407 ETR's request for a Stay while they appeal to Supreme Court, we need to ramp up this campaign. Please file a complaint to the Provincial Ombudsman here; http://ombudsman.on.ca/Make-a-Complaint/Complaint-Submission.aspx The Provincial Ombudsman has just launched an investigation into Hydro One's billing practices. It appears Hydro One has taken a page out of 407ETR's book on billing and Mr. Morin will launch an investigation into the MTO on our behalf. Please take a minute to send in a complaint online. The agency is: The Ministry of Transportation Feel free to cut and paste the text below so that our complaint is the same and will get the immediate attention that it deserves! "My complaint is about how the Ministry of Transportation, blindly applies the Plate Denial process, for 407ETR, a private company. It's not transparent and favors 407ETR. For example, the Appeal

      Ontario Ombudsman - Complaint Submission

      This is the General Complaint form. If you would like to submit a Closed Meeting Complaint or an Administrative Tribunal Complaint, please select the appropriate button below: Ce formulaire est pour les plaintes générales.

    3. Moving forward ...

      Andrew Bird
      Petition Organizer

      Good morning!

      We will be meeting with politicians and legal counsel over the coming weeks to move this issue forward. Please continue to encourage friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to sign our petition. I would like to be able to hand Kathleen Wynne a document of over 1000 signatures and I need your help to get there!

      Please don't slow down or give up! We have great momentum on our side!

      Andrew

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      Andrew Bird
      Petition Organizer

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    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Radio Interview Today at 2:30 pm

      Andrew Bird
      Petition Organizer

      Good morning!

      Last nights interview went really well and sparked a lot of support for our petition! I wanted to let you all know that I will be on Newstalk 1010 AM Radio show today at 2:35 pm.

      Andrew

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. Hamilton Spectator

      Andrew Bird
      Petition Organizer

      On February 1st, Mark McNeil published a follow-up article about the 407 and the grossly inflated bills that they send out. I want to be clear to everyone signing this petition, first of all Thank You! and secondly, at no time did I ever say that I didn't owe the 407 money. I owe them for what I used but this bill is over 90% inflated. They won't send me a detailed statement so that I can review it. Thanks again for your support and please send this to as many people as you can!

    9. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • David Andrews WATERLOO, CANADA
      • 18 days ago

      The province should not be involved in collecting outstanding bills incurred with a private company. vis Highway 407ETR

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    • Caroline Allan MISSISSAUGA, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      I am a single mother and I was struggling to make the monthly payments so I fell behind a little, I didn't have much usage toll wise but I just went to renew my sticker and the interest charges on the 407 cost me $650 to renew my sticker, being a single mother I cant afford to be out that kind of money but I had no option but to pay it or I cant drive my car. I don't think its fair that they are collecting interest through plate denial, I wouldn't have such a problem if they were just collecting what is owed on tolls.

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    • Adriana DiMaria NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      The inflation of my bill that I have not recived bills for years

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    • Michelle St. Aubyn TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      I also have an inflated bill from 2000 that I have been trying to dispute.

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    • Carol Bye HAMNER, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Abuse of power. Why am I funding collections for a private highway?

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