Inquiry:  I recently got ticketed for not having a plate on the trailer I had borrowed. Upset that I would get a ticket instead of a warning for this I checked the traffic act at the local police station and found that a mistake had been made because the traffic act stated 7(4)(a) didn’t match the description – draw trailer – No plate.  I returned the Offence Notice stating not guilty because of the above. Instead of dropping the charge I received a Notice of Trial and on it they had corrected the description to show draw Trailer – No permit. Do I have a chnace of getting this dropped???

Response:  The verbage on the ticket may be ammendable by the Prosecutor at Court.  The full text of HTA s.7 is as follows:

Permit for trailer
(4)  No person shall draw a trailer on a highway unless,
(a) there exists a permit for the trailer; and
(b) there is displayed on the trailer, in the prescribed manner, a number plate showing the number of the permit issued for the trailer. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 7 (4).”

You may potentially have a defense to the charge, we would however need to review the case and the Prosecutor’s evidence in more detail.  You may wish to contact one of our staff for legal representation at trial if you wish to contest this charge.  Our staff may be contacted via our toll-free number 1-866-801-8299.

Greg Currie
Office Manager (London)