Some Ontario drivers may have paid twice for old speeding or parking tickets, says the boss of a ticket-fighting firm.
Rolly Riopel of POINTTS — a Barrie firm that provides legal representation for people who want to fight their traffic violations — says “hundreds, maybe thousands” of Ontarians may have paid overdue traffic fines to both the province and their local municipality.
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The Ontario government transferred enforcement of provincial offences to municipalities between 1999 and 2002 and many hired collection agencies to go after fines. Over a five-year period, at least 50 motorists have come into Riopel’s office to complain they had already paid the province, but were still being hounded by municipalities.
“If you’ve got a receipt, no problem, (but) if you haven’t got a receipt, you have to pay it again,” Riopel said.