Paul Doroshenko on CTV News Vancouver
Sports car enthusiasts in Vancouver are crying foul after receiving vehicle inspection notices, claiming they’re being harassed by police officers.
They say many who drive sports cars are being pulled over and given a vehicle inspection notice, which requires them to take their vehicle to a mechanic to address any safety concerns.
Eddie Clark, who drives a Fiat 124 Spider, was given one of these notices was told his exhaust was too loud and his car was too low.
A Vancouver traffic lawyer said he has received numerous calls from drivers about the sudden blitz.
“Pretty much any modification to your vehicle is subject to require an inspection,” explained Paul Doroshenko. “The circumstances of their vehicles are often sort of marginal; it’s the police officer’s subjective opinion of it.”
In order to challenge that officer’s opinion, it would cost the driver much more than getting an inspection.
“You’ve got to apply to the B.C. Supreme Court to appeal the decision of the officer who issued it. You’re not going to do that; it’s a $200 filing fee to get the thing started,” Doroshenko said.
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