Windsor, Ontario -- January 3, 2019 -- In response to concerns that the city's automotive aftermarket industry is expanding too quickly, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has issued a short-term ban on the creation of these businesses, and a series of measures that may force others into closure.
According to the city, the measure aims to prevent aftermarket businesses from changing the city's character, and land usage.
The order, which comes into effect on April 1, specifically identifies auto repair businesses, as well as auto recycling facilities and used parts sellers. Also in the city's crosshairs are tire sellers and metal scrap processors. In total, more than 1,500 businesses are expected to be impacted by the decision.
The order includes a proviso that existing operations not in full compliance with regulatory rules will face forcible closure after 90 days if they are unable to convince city officials of their ability to come into compliance.
In a news release, the city's press department wrote that new regulations would be considered “to limit overconcentration, increase compliance with property maintenance and zoning standards, decrease crime, and curtail illegal business operations.”