ROAD USER SAFETY PROGRAM - VOTE 2703

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ROAD USER SAFETY PROGRAM - VOTE 2703

The Road User Safety Program develops ministry strategies to improve road safety and mobility through education, enforcement and regulation of safe driving behaviour, promotion of vehicle and motor carrier safety and customer service. The program works with many partners including police, community groups, safety organizations and the private sector to reduce fatalities and injuries on our roads.

The key responsibilities of the program are to: set safety standards and develop policies, programs and regulations for road users, carriers and vehicles; inspect, monitor and enforce compliance with those standards; manage and deliver commercial vehicle International Registration Plan; oversee the delivery of driver and vehicle licensing and registration by service delivery partners including ServiceOntario; manage contracts and ongoing relationships with service providers; and work with partners to educate road users about safe driving behaviour and road user safety policies, laws and programs. Developments in other jurisdictions and traffic safety research are monitored so that road safety initiatives are effective in maintaining Ontario's leading position as one of the safest jurisdictions in North America.

The program leads and actively participates with other jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. in developing and promoting road safety programs and best practices. The program also sets customer service standards and monitors service delivery, including the electronic delivery of government products and services. It also facilitates the delivery of programs for other ministries, for example Drive Clean (Ministry of the Environment) and Family Support Payments (Ministry of Community and Social Services).

The Ministry of Transportation collects information from individuals under the authority of the Highway Traffic Act. The ministry maintains stewardship of this information and protects individuals' privacy in keeping with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

VOTE SUMMARY
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2008-09

Estimates
2007-08

Difference
Between
2008-09
and
2007-08

Actual
2006-07

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Road User Safety 105,881,400 82,432,100 23,449,300 94,874,542
  Total Including Special Warrants 105,881,400 82,432,100 23,449,300 94,874,542
Less: Special Warrants - 22,800,000 (22,800,000) -
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 105,881,400 59,632,100 46,249,300 94,874,542
Special Warrants - 22,800,000 (22,800,000) -
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 300,000 300,000 - 1,500,000
  Total Statutory Appropriations 300,000 300,000 - 1,500,000
  Total Operating Expense 106,181,400 82,732,100 23,449,300 96,374,542
  OPERATING ASSETS        
2 Road User Safety 1,000 1,000 - -
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 1,000 1,000 - -
  Total Operating Assets 1,000 1,000 - -



Standard Account by Item and Sub-items
($)
VOTE -ITEM
#
STANDARD ACCOUNT BY ITEM AND SUB-ITEMS      
  OPERATING EXPENSE      
2703-1 Road User Safety      
  Salaries and wages     60,802,500
  Employee benefits     8,666,500
  Transportation and communication     6,414,500
  Services     37,312,600
  Supplies and equipment     4,861,400
  Transfer payments      
     Community Safety Grants     200,000
  Subtotal     118,257,500
  Less: Recoveries     12,376,100
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     105,881,400
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     300,000
  Total Operating Expense for Road User Safety Program     106,181,400
  OPERATING ASSETS      
2703-2 Road User Safety      
  Deposits and prepaid expenses     1,000
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     1,000
  Total Operating Assets for Road User Safety Program     1,000