Why Did 407 ETR Change Wording on Invoices in 2007?


Do you have old bills from 407 ETR? If you have an invoice from August 2007 it says:

 

“About your bill Bills are issued to users monthly and are due upon mailing. If payment is not received within 37 days of the “Bill Date” indicated on your bill, interest charges may accumulate. Interest accrues daily on overdue accounts and is calculated and compounded monthly for an effective annual interest rate of 26.82%. If your bill remains unpaid for 90 days, collection activity may be initiated and you may be subject to a Collection Fee. Failure to pay may affect your credit rating and an inability to renew or validate your vehicle permit(s). Returned payments are subject to a Returned Payment Fee. 407 ETR does not send a bill if an outstanding account has no activity for two months. However, all charges are due as billed and will continue to accumulate interest until 407 ETR receives payment. 407 ETR has the sole right to determine how payments are allocated towards amounts owed. 407 ETR may request a consumer report containing personal information about you and may request a credit investigation and exchange information with credit reporting agencies.”

 

But the wording changes in September 2007. The new wording says:

 

“About your bill Bills are issued to users monthly and are due upon mailing. If payment is not received within 37 days of the “Bill Date” indicated on your bill, interest charges may accumulate. Interest accrues daily on overdue accounts and is calculated and compounded monthly for an effective annual interest rate of 26.82%. If your bill remains unpaid for 90 days, collection activity may be initiated and you may be subject to a Collection Fee. Failure to pay may affect your credit rating and an inability to renew or validate your vehicle permit(s). Returned payments are subject to a Returned Payment Fee. 407 ETR does not send a bill if an outstanding account has no activity for two months. However, all charges are due as billed and will continue to accumulate interest until 407 ETR receives payment. 407 ETR has the sole right to determine how payments are allocated towards amounts owed. Each trip by your vehicle on Highway 407 ETR after the Bill Date of this bill constitutes your agreement that we may commence proceedings to collect each amount that is or will become payable by reason of such trip until the fifteenth (15th) anniversary of the Bill Date of this bill or of subsequent bills that first indicate such amount is payable, as the case may be. 407 ETR may request a consumer report containing personal information about you and may request a credit investigation and exchange information with credit reporting agencies.”

 

So why did the company feel that in 2007, they were exempt from the boundaries of the Limitations Act? There is nothing written in our laws that would indicate this company is any different from any other company that operates a business in the Province of Ontario. Too much back room dealing? Time will tell. We are awaiting Justice Edward’s to rule on this very issue. We are hopeful that Justice Edwards will follow the laws of the land and put this company in their rightful place. Until then, the group “Stop the 407 ETR’s Abuse of Power” is looking for people interested in a Class Action against this company. Please email them at 407abuseofpower@hotmail.ca if you have an old bill this company is trying to collect on.

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One Response to “Why Did 407 ETR Change Wording on Invoices in 2007?”

  1. Leslie M. Bliman-Kuretzky says:

    I have been receiving several calls from their Law Firm all in a recording too and not an actual person

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