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Ontario driver and vehicle licence fee hikes come into effect Sept. 1

Afternoon traffic on highway 401 East and West bound in Toronto on June 23, 2014.
Afternoon traffic on highway 401 East and West bound in Toronto on June 23, 2014. Getty Images File

TORONTO – The cost of owning a vehicle in Ontario is about to get pricier beginning Sept. 1.

The province is reminding motorists that driver and vehicle licence fee increases are coming into effect next month.

The government said the money collected will go towards maintaining Ontario road safety, support key services and improve crucial transportation infrastructure.

The changes were made as a result of recommendations from the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services to cover the rising costs of infrastructure projects and public services.

Below is a list of what drivers can expect to pay:

Fee changes effective September 1, 2015

Passenger Vehicle Licence Validation, Commercial Vehicle Validation (3,000 kg and less) Personal Use

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Northern Ontario $54 (up from $49)

Southern Ontario $108 (up from 98$)

Commercial Vehicle Validation (3,000 kg and less), Business Use

$108 (up from 98$)

New Driver’s Licence and Renewals

$81.50 (up from $80)

Fee Changes effective November 1, 2015

Driver’s Licence Replacement

$28 (up from $25)

Vehicle Number Plate

$20 (up from $15)

Bus Validation

Minimum (1 to 2,500 kg) $ 120 (up from $100)

Maximum (39,001 to 40,000 kg) $2,015 (up from $1,679)

Driver Instructor Licence Replacement

$28 (up from $25)

Oversize/Overweight Permit Replacement

$28 (up from $25)