What to Do If You Are In Plate Denial & Went Bankrupt Re: 407ETR‏

Last week you’ll recall we informed you on an exciting decision made by the Appeal Court of Ontario.  407ETR is not exempt from the Bankruptcy Insolvency Act.  This means the Ministry of Transportation is to release people who have claimed bankruptcy with a 407ETR debt from Plate Denial.
Members of the group, Stop the 407ETR’s Abuse of Power, that had been in Plate Denial, although having had claimed bankruptcy, have had mixed responses on how to go about getting their plates reinstated.
One member of the group, Tracey, wrote 407ETR requesting that they reinstate her plate and got the following response from Marion Richardson, Personal Bankruptcy Rep., Collections Department for 407ETR:
“regarding The Appeal Court of Ontario’s decision, 407ETR is currently seeking from the Ontario Court of Appeal a Stay.  In the interim, 407ETR prefer not to take any steps regarding matters covered by the Court of Appeal decision until the issue of the Stay and any Appeal has been decided.  If you wish to be removed from Plate Denial at this time, you will have to pay the full amount owing to 407ETR (including any pre-bankruptcy amounts) or make an arrangement with 407ETR to pay a lesser amount.”
At this point, 407ETR has no legal basis to keep somebody in Plate Denial that has gone bankrupt.  It doesn’t matter what they “prefer”.  They are currently breaking the law!
Another member of the group, Peter Teolis, who is named on the Class Action documents against 407ETR, contacted Service Ontario to see if his Plate Denial was lifted and reported on the group FaceBook page:
 “I called Services Ontario to inquire on my plate denial. IT IS GONE. IT IS GONE. IT IS GONE. IT IS GONE. IT IS GONE.  I can live as a human again and get my plates back on my car…Round One goes to the good guys!”
In lieu of the mixed responses, Stop the 407ETR’s Abuse of Power has ask people that have claimed bankruptcy and remain in Plate Denial to contact their trustee as well as Service Ontario.

Also, readers have been writing in wishing to add their names to the Class Action lawsuit against 407ETR on behalf of Bankrupts.  If you wish to be added to Scarfone Hawkins LLP’s database of claimants please email cyates@shlaw.ca

You can also contact Scarfone Hawkins LLP by telephone (905) 526-4394 or by fax (905) 523-5878.  Due to the volume of inquires, please allow one week for a response.


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9 Responses to “What to Do If You Are In Plate Denial & Went Bankrupt Re: 407ETR‏”

  1. Neil V says:

    Hi Tammy,

    I’ve read the news about the over turn plate denial and would like to thank you for all your hard work and being the voice for so many people who have felt the strong arm of the 407 and the abuse of power.

    I do have a question –
    I had a small business which I was a sole proprietor with 5 trucks sometimes using the 407 and I had a large bill at the time of bankruptcy $6,000 approx. I do continue to get my plates as the amount to get them renewed is far less (this year $800)then the actual amount owing and I just pay it so I could continue to drive.

    What is going to happen with the large outstanding bill that I continue to receive and the interest that it is accrued? Now it’s around $15K

    • Tammy Flores says:

      Neil V. my advice to you is contact your trustee and see what the settlement conditions are. It’s unusual for 407ETR to even acknowledge a bankruptcy, however, when it’s a corporation, they do. If you would like to discuss this further, please email me at 407abuseofpower@hotmail.ca

  2. Robert says:

    I claimed bankruptcy in 2011 and have not used the 407 since, my bill has continued to collect intrest and I’m sure most people know this story……..

    I called my trustee and he had no idea what to tell me, and I called service ontario and they told me that as far as they are concerned I must pay the outstanding balance in order to renew my plate.

    What is my next move???

    Rob M.

    • Tammy Flores says:

      Please call Service Ontario and demand to speak with a supervisor because as it stands right now, 407ETR is not obeying the law. It doesn’t matter that 407ETR prefer not to release bankrupts from plate denial. They must be released from plate denial. Appeal to the higher ups and the Provincial Ombudsman.

  3. Robert says:

    I called Service Ontario again and have been told to call the 407 and have them release the plates. I read the decision to Newton, and I was told that Service Ontario is not going to release any plates without approval from the 407. He then had me call as well as 407 the ministry of transportation commercial division and they have now referred me to the provincial highways management operations division.

    Just wanted to keep you posted with the nightmare I am going through.

    • Tammy Flores says:

      Service Ontario has absolutely no reason to keep someone that has gone bankrupt in Plate Denial. Let me see what the lawyers say about this. I know there is one lawyer who thinks it is unacceptable. Let’s see what they do. In the meantime, do not give up and push them to do the right thing.

  4. Robert says:

    My problem is that the plate denial is only just started to affect me, my plates expired in Jan 17. what do I do? drive illegally? I don’t have the money to pay the outstanding balance. I was hoping that when I heard this was being resolved in Dec that I would slip through ok, but apparently not.

  5. Robbyn Wilkins says:

    I too have filed for bankruptcy and claimed my 407 debt (which was on my car which had been stolen and reported as stolen) but they continue to pursue me for the debt and the interest continues to climb about 250.00 a month. This is a debt from well before 2004. Isn’t there a statute of limitations on this debt? and Is there an article I can have my trustee review so he knows the best way to deal with them and get me out of plate denial? Any advice would be appreciated.

  6. Al says:

    Lease your plate to a friend or family member . This will buy you some time.

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