TORONTO - Police service boards across Ontario are calling for tougher penalties to deal with $1 billion in unpaid fines for everything from traffic offences to trespassing.
As of July 2010, there were 2.5 million unpaid provincial offences in Ontario, one third of them for driving without insurance and another third for speeding and other Highway Traffic Act offences.
The rest come from convictions for violating liquor laws, the occupational health and Safety Act or the Trespass to Property Act.
The Ontario Association of Police Services Boards wants people to be denied their vehicle licence plate sticker if they have any outstanding fines, even ones for non-driving offences.
That would be the same penalty that Ontario drivers already face if they don't pay their toll bill from privately owned Highway 407.
The police boards also want the province to look at seizing vehicles of repeat offenders with unpaid fines, especially those who are driving without insurance.