Ontario to suspend driver's licences for convicted car thieves for at least 10 years

TORONTO — Ontario says it will suspend driver’s licences for at least 10 years for those who have been convicted of stealing a car.

Transportation Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria says those thrice−convicted of auto theft would have their licenses suspended for life.

Sarkaria says the province is also implementing stiffer penalties including a one−year license suspension for those convicted of stunt driving.

Those penalties also increase on second and third convictions.

Sarkaria says a car is stolen every 14 minutes in the province.

Car thefts in Ontario have increased dramatically in recent years.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2024.

The Canadian Press