Ontario Introducing Stiff Penalties to Combat Auto Theft

Car theft is a cowardly and often violent crime that can traumatize victims and communities who experience it.

That is why the Ontario government is cracking down on auto theft by introducing legislation that, if passed, would suspend driver’s licences for people convicted of the crime.

Those convicted of auto theft would face a 10-year licence suspension for a first offence, a 15-year licence suspension for a second offence and a lifetime licence suspension for a third offence.

Licence suspensions would apply to convictions that include aggravating factors such as violence, use of a weapon, use of force, threat, or pursuit of financial gain.

The new legislation would also ensure that anyone convicted of stunt driving receives a minimum mandatory licence suspension – one year for a first conviction, three years for a second conviction and a lifetime ban for a third conviction.