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A man in Ontario was fined $110 for removing his licence plate

For peeling his licence plate, a man in Ontario was fined $110

Key Takeaways: 

  • A man from Ontario who was fined $110 for having a peeling and faded license plate believes the charge is unjust and intends to appeal the fine.
  • Peeling and faded license plates have long been an issue in Ontario, and the government hoped that the new blue plates would solve the problem.

A man from Ontario who received a $110 ticket for having a peeling and faded license plate believes the charge is unjust and plans to fight the fine in court.

John Petrosoniak of Toronto has two sets of peeling, faded, and cracked Ontario license plates. He claimed he went to Service Ontario to replace them, but was told he would have to pay for them, so he declined.

Soon after, he was pulled over by the police and fined $110 for “entire plate not visible.”

He claimed that plate delamination is a problem with Ontario license plates and that he shouldn’t be held responsible for their replacement.

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Petrosoniak told CTV News Toronto, “I’ve seen bus plates and government plates failing.” “However, I have old plates from the 1970s that are in perfect condition.”

Peeling and faded license plates have been a problem in Ontario for years, and the government hoped that the new blue plates would solve the problem. However, the new blue license plates had to be scrapped after being rolled out because they were difficult to read at night.

According to CTV News Toronto, Ontario will only replace delaminated license plates for free if bought within the last five years.

The cost of replacing more than five-year-old plates is $59, but Petrosoniack believes that if the plates are defective, they should be replaced for free.

Peeling Ontario licence plate leads to $110 fine for driver | CTV News
For peeling his licence plate, a man in Ontario was fined $110. Image from CTV news

Plates that are peeling and fading are replaced free of charge in the state of New York.

While waiting to fight his ticket in court, Petrosoniak painted the numbers as well as letters on his license plates with blue paint to make them more visible. Still, it’s also illegal to modify a plate in any way, shape, or form, according to Toronto police.

Petrosoniak believes that drivers are not replacing faded license plates because they do not want to pay for new ones and that the government should allow people with peeled plates to get new plates for free.

He stated that he intends to argue his case in court to avoid paying the fine.

He said, “Replace the plates for free.”

Source: CTV news

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