Ontario’s Overhaul of the Towing Industry – Key Changes Taking Place and Ahead

March 11, 2022
Image of Car Wheel being pulled by tow truck


Over the past couple of months you may have seen signs on some 400-series highways referring to “restricted tow zones”. These zones are part of the Tow Zone Pilot Project introduced by the Ministry of Transportation, which mandates that only authorized tow companies on contract with the Ministry of Transportation can tow vehicles on stretches of the 400-series highways.

The Tow Zone Pilot Project, in turn, is part of Ontario’s broader plan to increase oversight of the towing industry in general, and to protect consumers who engage tow services. The main way the province intends to do this is through the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021, S.O. 2021, c. 26, Sched. 3 (“Towing Act”).

Republished with permission from the March 2022 issue of The Ontario Dealer magazine.