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Beware of cloned license plates

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Omar Ahmad realized that someone had fraudulently copied his license plate.


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Imagine getting a parking ticket in Toronto, but you live in Ottawa, 450 km away, or receiving a bill from the A-407 administration, even if you don't x27;have never used this Toronto toll highway. It's a phenomenon that is growing, CBC noted.

The driver Omar Ahmad received four unjustified invoices from the A-407 administration before his brother discovered the situation last month.

Someone was selling copies of their personalized 3MAR license plate on Facebook Marketplace for $26.

It really looked like my plate. As if someone had taken a photo of it and put it up for sale.

A quote from Omar Ahmad, driver

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Ontarian Omar Ahmad discovered someone was selling copies of his license plate on Facebook Marketplace.

Last year, the A-407 Administration investigated a monthly average of more than 500 toll cases related to lost, stolen or copied plates. This is double the cases recorded in 2019.

Ottawa resident Connie Jensen says she received four parking tickets in Toronto since May 2022, when she did not set foot in the Queen City during this period.

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At first, she believed that the ' The parking attendant had incorrectly noted the registration number, but after the third and fourth fines, she suspected something was wrong.

I think someone' one has my registration number. Fines range from $30 to $150. So these people park anywhere.

A quote from Connie Jensen, driver

The City of Toronto overturned the first two tickets. Ms. Jensen is now trying to have the last two overturned.

In Ontario, it is permitted to order a reproduction of your license plate for personal use, but it is illegal to order a reproduction of your license plate for personal use, but it is illegal to order a reproduction of your license plate for personal use, but it is illegal to order a reproduction of your license plate for personal use. #x27;use it on the road.

Some copies are plastic, but others are made of metal and of good quality, says Constable Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Some plates are very well made. A police officer would not notice it on the road.

A quote from Kerry Schmidt, spokesperson, Ontario Provincial Police

Christina Basil, spokesperson for A-407, says that fraudsters have perfected their art so much that they will sometimes install the cloned plate on a vehicle of the same model and color as the car with number copied registration number, which makes it difficult to establish illegal routes.

If a motorist realizes that his plate has been cloned, the OPP and the Ministry of Transport recommend that he notify the police and then go to a ServiceOntario office to obtain a new number. ;registration.

However, it is the driver's responsibility to pay $59 for a new plate.

There's nothing else to do, the agent admits Schmidt.

Ms. Jensen thinks this is unfair. The burden should not be on the victim's back, she says.

The province should ban license plate reproductions and increase fines for violators, says Daniel Tsai, professor of law at Metropolitan and Toronto Universities.

Currently, a person driving with a fake plate in Ontario is liable to # x27;a fine of $140.

Based on information provided by Nicole Brockbank, CBC News

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116