Ontario motorists will soon be paying more for driver and vehicle licences.
Passenger vehicle licence validation fees will rise on Sept. 1 to $90 — an increase of $8 — for those in southern Ontario, while northern Ontario will see the fees go up to $45 — a $4 increase.
Those fees will see similar hikes in the following two years.
The cost of renewing a driver’s licence or getting a new one will rise to $80 from $75.
The fees for various driver examinations will increase by $5 to $10.
The Ministry of Transportation says these fees are being increased to help cover the costs of maintaining provincial roads, bridges and highways, as well as services such as education and health care.
The province says Ontario’s passenger vehicle licence fees will remain lower than many other provinces even with the increases.
The ministry also says that until last year, fees for new driver’s licences and renewals, driver’s licence replacements, driver examinations and vehicle permits had not increased in 15 years.
“Making sure our roads, highways and bridges remain in good repair is critical to Ontario’s economy,” Transportation Minister Glen Murray said in a statement.
“These moderate fee changes will help recover the cost of providing the quality services Ontarians expect and help maintain the province’s highway infrastructure for years to come.”