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.)