Frank Klees

Press Release

                                                                               November 1, 2010

MPP Challenges Integrity of Vehicle Safety Certificates


(Queen’s Park) PC Transportation Critic, Frank Klees, MPP has called on the Minister of Transportation to order a comprehensive investigation of the province's vehicle inspection system.

"Over the past number of months, I've been made aware of increasing incidents where consumers are being sold vehicles that should never have been certified for sale," said Klees. "What's disturbing is that the Ministry of Transportation is turning a blind eye to the practice.”

Stouffville resident, Al Yetman brought his case to Klees' attention after being told by the Transportation Ministry that there is nothing it could do. Yetman was sold a car for which a Scarborough Toyota dealership issued a Safety Certificate, but failed to disclose that it had been re-painted. Subsequent independent inspections confirmed the vehicle was unsafe to drive.

"Ontarians are required to pay for the cost of a safety certificate, and they should be able to rely on the fact that the vehicle they buy is safe to drive," said Klees. "That's why I'm calling on the Minister to order an investigation into this case, and the province's Vehicle Safety Certificate Inspection program.