TORONTO – The Wynne Liberals have quietly snuck in a regulation that will make drivers’ license tests more expensive starting on Canada Day. This adds to the burden of other fee hikes this government has saddled drivers with over the past few years.
Everyone writing driving exams, including first-time drivers hoping to get a G1 license, will find themselves spending more, as this fee will increase to $23.25 on July 1. This represents a roughly 133 percent fee hike since Kathleen Wynne became Premier in 2013.
On top of that, the cost of drivers’ road tests for Class A through F licences will increase to $96.75, which represents a 29 percent increase since 2013. This fee hike will affect truck drivers, school bus drivers, ambulance drivers and many others.
“It’s appalling they chose Canada’s 150th anniversary to increase these drivers’ fees, and we can only guess they did it quietly because they wanted nobody to notice,” said PC Leader Patrick Brown. “Is this Liberal government so desperate for cash that it has to make life more expensive for drivers across the province?”
This isn’t the only fee increase Ontarians have seen over the past number of years. Last September, the Wynne Liberals jacked up vehicle sticker renewal fees for licence plates to $120, which is 33 percent higher than in 2013.
“This just goes to show that the Liberals are completely out of touch with everyday Ontarians. Every year we see more fee increases. Under the Liberals, Ontarians pay more and get less, and they seem set on making it worse,” added Brown.