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Unauthorized use of license plates please help

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Unauthorized use of license plates please help

Ho, my situation is as follows:

2 years ago I sold my old car for scrap. It was towed away. Unfortunately I made the mistake by keeping the license plates on. My mistake.

Fast forward 3 years later to now, I get a license plate denial in the mail due to unpaid parking tickets from my old license plate. Someone has used them to illegally park, causing me to foot the bill.

I will be calling Service Ontario today. Just wondering what else I can do? Any possible way of getting these fines reversed? I already paid for the fines because my sticker would expire at the end of December.
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lesson learned. Nothing you can do really. MTO may tell you it's your responsibility
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Go to MTO and report is stolen now so atleast going forward your not responsible for any of their doings.
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I don't know if you have to report it stolen, but definitely you have to file some type of report.

Go fight it, ask for the fines to be waived, etc. and let us know what happens.
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Can you prove you sold the car? I'm sure they gave you s cheque or something. Sounds like you're going to have to do a lot of leg work but I would start with reporting them as stolen from the day you sold the car. With the report in hand you'll have to go to the municipalities where these tickets were incurred and explain the situation with the police report in hand.

Good luck.
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I thought people knew you carry all your plates to the grave. :D
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WMPCOT wrote: Can you prove you sold the car? I'm sure they gave you s cheque or something. Sounds like you're going to have to do a lot of leg work but I would start with reporting them as stolen from the day you sold the car. With the report in hand you'll have to go to the municipalities where these tickets were incurred and explain the situation with the police report in hand.

Good luck.
This sounds good in theory, but the car is not stolen.
Police will ask, if the car was stolen 2 years ago, why are you reporting it now?
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Parking tickets have license plate and vehicle description. That would have been enough to get them waived, except for the fact that you paid them already. I don't see any chance of getting a refund. Next time don't pay parking tickets that don't belong to you.

I would go to the MTO though and explain you sold your car and left the plates on it.
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motomondo wrote: This sounds good in theory, but the car is not stolen.
Police will ask, if the car was stolen 2 years ago, why are you reporting it now?
Who is reporting the car stolen? Its only the plates that were, someone has stolen them from the yard after the OP sold the car to them.

If the OP tells the police what happened they would report them as stolen seeing as someone is illegally in possession of them and using them. He can tell the police the truth, I thought the car and plates were destroyed only after seeing the tickets does he know. This would be the same as credit card being used illegally, most people do not know it has happened until after they see fraudulent charges.
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I had no choice but to pay them because I was denied plate renewal and I need the renewal to continue to drive.

On the phone now with MTO.

Update: MTO says it is not parking, it is from 407ETR.
Need to file a police report.
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NEMESIS_2008 wrote: I had no choice but to pay them because I was denied plate renewal and I need the renewal to continue to drive.

On the phone now with MTO.

Update: MTO says it is not parking, it is from 407ETR.
Need to file a police report.
You should have received bills in the mail then long before your license plate renewal was denied
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Happened to me to but with a trailer I sold that had license plates I left on . I got a 407 bill in the mail.
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Shaner wrote: You should have received bills in the mail then long before your license plate renewal was denied
Under the old plate was my old mailing address which was not updated. I sold the car 2-3 years ago and I moved 2 years ago. That was why I did not get the bill. I did not even know until I renewed my current vehicle and the person working told me of some 407 charges.
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Had a car stolen..... police reports etc...... ended up with 407 bills.

407 folks would not do anything without a copy of the full police report and not the incident #. Police were not overly cooperative in supplying the needed info after numerous requests, etc.

Finally just easier to pay the charges and move on.......... police never did supply me with the full police report.

Should add that vehicle later recovered.
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LOL, don't even want to know the thousands racked up in 407 charges.

Because the person is likely still using the plates to avoid the 407 charges to this day (and possibly other illegal doings like no insurance, no valid registration, etc.) police should be able to catch them fairly easily as they probably get on/off at similar locations. However if the bill is only from occasional use, would be a lot harder for them and they likely won't even bother.

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