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Ontario Transportation Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria attends Question Period at the Ontario legislature in Toronto, on Nov. 28, 2023.Chris Young/The Canadian Press

Ontario says it will suspend driver’s licences for at least 10 years for those who have been convicted of stealing a car.

Transportation Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria says those thrice-convicted of auto theft would have their licenses suspended for life.

Mr. Sarkaria says the province is also implementing stiffer penalties including a one-year license suspension for those convicted of stunt driving.

Those penalties also increase on second and third convictions.

Mr. Sarkaria says a car is stolen every 14 minutes in the province.

Car thefts in Ontario have increased dramatically in recent years.

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