Ontario man given $110 ticket for peeling licence plate taking his fight to court
An Ontario man who was handed a $110 ticket for having a peeling and faded licence plate says he believes the charge is unfair and will fight the fine in court.
Meanwhile, the Blue plates that they cancelled due to unreadabilty are still allowed on the road.
Toronto man John Petrosoniak has two sets of Ontario licence plates that are peeling, faded and cracked. He said he went to Service Ontario to have them replaced, but he was told he would have to pay for replacements and refused.
Not long after, he was stopped by the police and given the $110 fine, charge of "entire plate not plainly visible."
He said that plate delamination is an issue with Ontario licence plates and that he shouldn't be on the hook for replacing them.
Service Ontario told CTV News Toronto that delaminated licence plates will only be replaced for free if they were purchased within five years.
The fee for new plates older than five years is $59, but Petrosoniack said he believes if the plates have a defect they should be replaced for free.
In the state of New York, if plates are peeling and fading they are replaced free of charge.
While waiting to fight his ticket in court, Petrosoniak painted the numbers and letters on his licence plates using blue paint so they're visible, but according to Toronto police it's also an offense to modify a plate in any way, shape or form.
But they replaced a whole bunch of the B letter plates for free a few years back because of defects so either his didn't fall within the defect range or he held on to them instead of replacing them when it was free to do so and know he has to pay for them
So "fix that plate....heres a fine" ..... fix the plate ....."you altered the plate .... here's a fine" ? Because Ontario bought shit paint to make the plates? Hope he wins this and sets a precident
How about going after the people who install the black tint license covers that make their licenses unreadable?
Everyone’s plate is peeling! Sheesh, gonna be a lot of wasted court time to fight something so ubiquitous. This is on the government.
I’m a little on the fence about this. On one hand yes the plates were defective and should never have been rolled out, nor would it be fair to expect people to pay for something which was entirely not their fault.
On the other, there was a five year warranty attached to the plates from when they were purchased and he could’ve replaced them for free. These plates typically start peeling much earlier than that, at least mine did and I went in to replace them for free. Additionally, it’s still your responsibility to have legible plates, regardless of who is to blame.
He didn’t have to wait until there was no plate left to replace them.