Spot the fake insurance

The cost of renewing car insurance is driving some people to be creative.

But Coquitlam RCMP are warning against forging licence plates.

“Can you spot the difference between the valid licence plate and the forgery?” they said in a press release.

In June, someone spotted a faked plate and passed the information to Coquitlam cops. Police seized the plate — with insurance renewal dates written in black ink — and had the van towed.

The van was unoccupied and had multiple drivers associated with the vehicle, but if police had stopped the driver on the road, “serious consequences would have resulted,” says Cpl. Michael McLaughlin.

“We’re used to hearing creative excuses for people trying to get out of a ticket, but I’d love to have heard this driver’s explanation,” he said.

Had the driver been caught, they would have faced costly fines, including $598 for expired or no insurance and a charge under the Motor Vehicle Act for the alteration and use of fictitious number plates or documents as well as forgery, a Criminal Code offence.

As it was, the owners had to fork out money for towing, storage fees, and, insurance renewal if they drove the vehicle again.

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