Fake licence plate sticker leads to fines for Calgary driver

CALGARY — A 45-year-old Calgary woman is facing fines up to $3,685 after an eagle-eyed RCMP officer spotted what appeared to be a fake validation tag on a licence plate in Airdrie.

The incident unfolded about 8 a.m. Wednesday when the officer spotted an odd-looking plate on a vehicle parked at a business in Airdrie, just north of Calgary.

A check on the police database showed the registration for the plate was expired and during a subsequent traffic stop, it was revealed there was also no insurance on the vehicle.

“A closer inspection of the licence plate showed that a homemade validation sticker was placed on top of the expired 2019 validation tag,” RCMP said in a release.

A 45-year-old female from Calgary was issued tickets for:

  • Operating an unregistered motor vehicle
  • Use of an altered plate
  • Not having insurance

Along with the cost of towing the vehicle, RCMP said the driver is facing up to $3,685 in fines. 

The cost to register a vehicle for one year is $93.

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