With Bill 152 moving closer to ratification, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) is encouraging Ontario dealers to reach out to their MPPs about the vehicle licensing situations affecting their dealerships.
TADA has created an advocacy website in which dealers can ask their local MPPs to pass Bill 152, the Cutting Red Tape for Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, which is currently before MPPs at Queen’s Park.
If passed, the Bill would enable dealerships to register and licence vehicles online from their dealership, without the need to have staff physically stand in line at Service Ontario.
All dealers need to do is enter their name, postal code to automatically link them with their MPP, and then send them either a pre-populated email or personal note.
The website, PassBill152.ca, also has an FAQ section about Bill 152 and an option to promote the campaign through social media.
It’s the first time the association has created a grassroots online advocacy campaign, said Franke Notte, Director of Government Relations for TADA, in an interview with Canadian auto dealer.
“The association wanted to find a way to make it as seamless and easy as possible to find their MPP and then send them a message,” said Notte.
He added, “If MPPs don’t hear from their constituents, change will never happen.” This way, dealers will be able to educate their MPPs on the amount of time and money they spend to licence vehicles before they are delivered to customers, said Notte.
Bill 152 was spearheaded by Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark, who said dealers from his riding had approached him about the current vehicle registration and licence process.
Clark told Canadian auto dealer that some dealers he had talked to said they can only do two transactions at a time at their local Service Ontario and then need to get back in line.
He’s received thousands of petitions from dealers and even consumers across the province to get Bill 152 passed.
“Car dealers have a real pulse on what happens in the communities. I just think this is a very small way to recognize the big part they play in making our communities what they are,” said Clark.