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I desperately need advice/help. So the other day I went to renew my license plate as it expired May 1st (we did not have the vehicle, we were out of province). Got all my documents in order and the clerk says “in order to go any further there’s some fines you need to pay off”. In total after tax/fees I’m looking at a hair under $2000. I don’t have this money.

BEFORE ANYONE GETS MAD ABOUT THE PHOTO RADARS:
This was when my spouse used the vehicle for commuting to and from work. He has been given s**t time and time again (there’s 7 photo radars on his license plate, don’t even get me started) for speeding and being an idiot. I do not have $2000 to pay these off, and theyre under MY name as theyre on MY plate. I barely had enough for the renewal to begin with so this was a huge slap in the face. We were forced to relocate out of province for work and that was paid for by the new employer as we didnt have a dollar to our names at the time due to the extreme work shortage in our fields here.

We DID NOT receive ANY notification of ANY of these infractions and it was not mentioned at last years’ renewal whatsoever, hence the surprise it was to me. My spouse fully admits fault but that doesn’t help our situation whatsoever. I am stranded back here in Edmonton with my daughter as without a valid plate, I can’t drive home. I don’t have anyone who can loan me the money and I wouldn’t qualify for a loan from a bank, not to mention that just digs the hole deeper.

Is there anything that can be done in this sort of emergency? Does anyone have ANY advice whatsoever as to what I can do? I am ( ) this close to leaving my spouse.

Sincerely, pi$$ed off.

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  1. Also your spouse must be hiding something from you as they send photo radar tickets in the mail

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    • Was just about to say this to having “no notification”. Every single photo radar my husband has gotten, has come in the mail. Unless at the time of the infraction OP had the wrong address registered to the plate, they would’ve gotten them in the mail.

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    • Yeah i think her spouse hid them from her

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  2. This has happened to me every time we renew out vehicles. Unfortunately unless you pay it they will not renew it. You, as the registered owner, is responsible for them. You could try going to the court house and asking to have them reduced but because there are court dates set for each infraction if you don’t show your automatically found guilty. They probably won’t but it’s defiantly worth a shot! They may sympathize with your situation! Good luck!

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  3. Will your spouse “sell” you the car and have only your name on ownership and insurance… then you get a new plate? Ive experienced this years ago… when I went to renew I discovered my ex husband had received a DUI and never told me… he was fined $2500 and didnt pay it on our joint plate. I was able to get a new plate without penalty… but Im not sure how photo radar works…

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    • Photo radars work kinda the same way, as they are on their “joint file” if their vehicles are joint registered. Unfortunately if they are already in her name alone, this won’t help.

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    • Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

      photo radar fines go to the car not the driver and you must have gotten notices in the mail as when I got a photo radar .. did not know I was even speeding as I thought I was in a 60 and it was a 50 .. got the ticket in the mail … so your husband must have taken these out of the mail box .. as they can show that tickets were mailed out to you .. also they say there is no reason for not paying even if you did not get notification in the mail .. if you were stopped by an officer ..

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    • Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

      vehicle is in her name already ..

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  4. Connie Kim Connie Kim says:

    Talk to the fines department at the court house. They may be able to help. It’s not the registry’s fault. And only overdue fines show on the system so would not have shown up last year. As of May 1, there are other fines that will prevent you from renewals fyi…

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    • Good suggestion, I have heard from others that the court house will have the fines removed from your profile if you go on a payment plan, you just have to wait until they are actually removed, which can take a couple of weeks. 🙂

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    • The courts keep all fines on record. They do not remove them even if on a payment which is through a different part of government. However she could attempt to get new court dates for them all try fighting them or reducing them in the courts and then the due dates would change until they were due again. However she’s better off paying st the courthouse which is free as registry charged 9 bucks per ticket to pay., or online for 3. I’ve had to do this mysrlf

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  5. My husband and i are in this situation , you cannot registed that vehicle until the tickets are paid off ,no way around it that i know of

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  6. Kayla Lee Kayla Lee says:

    Buy an in transit sticker for the vehicle? Claim it needs to be inspected and registered in a new province?

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  7. Join the group just don’t pay Edmonton and Alberta traffic ticket fighter’s and talk to Robbie wood,

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  8. You have to pay the tickets off in order to renew. there’s no way around it cause you already have missed your court dates for all those tickets.

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  9. Probably did get notification but he hid the mail

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  10. I’d honestly just drive home. I had played expired for 6 months when I first moved here because in BC your registration auto renews with your insurance and I had no idea my plate had expired. After 6 months an RCMP was in a parking lot with me and mentioned it but didn’t ticket me. It’s not the BIGGEST deal ever. Normally I don’t ever condone anything illegal at all, but given the circumstance I’d probably just drive home and renew there and work on paying back your tickets in Edmonton. You just made me realize that my plates were renewed on July 1 and I still have my 2016 sticker on there. Never been pulled over, but I do have the updated registration in my vehicle if I did.

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    • It’s not a big deal to drive without a valid D/L or registration until you’re in an accident. I wouldn’t take the chance. And you can’t get a BC D/L until your AB D/L is looked after.

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    • I agree take a chance with the expired plate and hopefully you can pay them off slowly like I had to do

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    • Myself and others have had no problems getting a BC D/L with outstanding tickets in Alberta. I agree about the accident comment but I’d rather take that chance personally than be stuck in a different province.

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    • Amy Teasdale Amy Teasdale says:

      Umm, I got pulled over for no registration and they were going to tow my car. The only reason they didn’t is because I called my roadside assistance and my tow truck got there first..maybe those cops were just being dicks, but it’s a chance you take.

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    • Meh if I was stuck in a different province it’s a chance I’d take, everyone’s different.

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  11. Tracy Ache Tracy Ache says:

    I have no advise for the past tickets but if you pay at the court house as opposed to a registry, the fees are lower. There are late fees for each ticket. Good luck.

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    • Tracy Ache Tracy Ache says:

      PS: I find it very disturbing that some ‘adults’ are suggesting driving illegally and not bothering to renew your registration. Its a sad comment on society.

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    • Apparently there’s over 20-30% of the vehicles on the road that aren’t insured or with expired plates. I read those stats somewhere e and I’ve personally known people who drive without insurance. That’s scary.

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    • Tracy Ache I completely agree about the driving unregistered…it’s a HUGE ticket if you get caught, so if you’re doing it to try and avoid paying tickets – good luck!

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  12. Sell the car, pay the fines, take a greyhound and save to buy a new car.

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  13. Tina Adam Tina Adam says:

    That’s a lot of tickets to not receive notice for….unless you moved I’d be doing a full finances check. Then sit down and cut costs every single cheque until the spouse pays it off. Do not ever lend your car to them again. Choices =Consequences

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  14. I have a fine, from 13 years ago, I have the receipt that it was paid, I keep it in my paperwork, but it’s brought up at every renewal, then a headache of bs dealing with it, looking forward to it yet again next week!

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    • Have you talked to the court house about this? In my experience working at the registry, most fines come off your file within a week or two. Good that you keep it with you, though, because the government doesn’t always do what they should..clearly. 🙂

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    • Gracie Pabian Yes, I do, they look it up, tell me it’s paid, but I still get a letter every 4 months, that I have a fine!

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  15. Dani Elle Dani Elle says:

    Youve given him shit time and time again but claim you had no idea? Hop on a Greyhound or drive the car illegally.

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  16. As long as you got insurance drive it home

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  17. Time to get a bus pass till you’re both responsible and pay for your mistakes.

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  18. Beth Martin Beth Martin says:

    Are you sure it is for your plate? I went to renew mine and they tried to get me to pay someone else’s fines. I went to the courthouse and they pulled up my record. I had 1 photo radar not 2 pull over tickets.

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  19. Sell your car take a bus or find a new husband

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  20. Glenna Smart Glenna Smart says:

    You should go to the courthouse and talk with a JP..they may be able to lower your fines.

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    • If they have already missed court dates and been convicted they won’t lower the tickets. They had plenty of time to fight the tickets, pay the tickets, try to get them reduced but because hubby claims they never got notifications or they moved and didn’t change address they no longer have that option open to them.

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  21. Val L Bate Val L Bate says:

    Find a new husband

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  22. As long as all these are past due you have to pay the courts will not help you.

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  23. As a former registry worker here is my advice. Find out the details of every ticket (and yes, they can do that) either at a registry or the court house. Explain the situation to the traffic court clerk. They may be able to help. Otherwise there is nothing to be done. Those tickets will block you from doing anything on your vehicle, period, until paid off.

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    • Agreed, also a previous registry worker here too. Most likely the reason you did not get notices, is because you moved out of the province and government mail isn’t supposed to be forwarded. Technically these vehicles should be registered in the province you are living (if you live there more than 6 months out of the year). If you live in Alberta more time, then you should change both addresses on your license to an address of a family member that you trust to give you your mail in a timely manner.

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    • Amy Teasdale Amy Teasdale says:

      Traffic court won’t do anything to help if the tickets are overdue. I had to pay over $2000 not long ago. I suggest getting a loan from the bank, or wherever you can. Monthly payments are easier to swallow than a big lump sum.

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    • If the tickets are all photo radar and the plate was registered to just one of you, transfer ownership to the other person and replate the vehicle, then pay your fines !

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  24. Sounds like your hubby has an issue if you can’t afford all of these tickets he is getting. I get it, you didn’t know they had happened as it sounds like your address has changed? But regardless he has a problem. He can’t identify where photo radar is, and he can’t afford the tickets to pay for his driving behaviour. Sounds like he is reckless. Sell the vehicle if you can’t afford it and drive off of one car. Tell him to slow down. That’s ridiculous.

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  25. Put the car in his name get new plates done but you still owe

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  26. Alex Smart Alex Smart says:

    Pay the fine and next time don’t let someone drive with your plate, especially when they don’t know how to slow the fuck down.

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  27. Mac Simm Mac Simm says:

    Its called life lessons. Fix things when their small or they come back to bite you on the ass. Own it and fix it!

    These lessons aren’t taught when its convenient to you. They’re taught when its ripe for you to LEARN from them. Its tough, causes hardship, fix it, figure it out, learn your lesson and move on to your next life challenge.

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  28. Shaun Reveis Shaun Reveis says:

    Lol. The law is owner of the vehicle. Better get a loan before they give you fine option

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  29. Jenn Anne Jenn Anne says:

    I find it hard to believe there is no paper trail for any of those tickets — given that your husband is clearly irresponsible I would say it’s probably more likely he is hiding them​ from you.

    Is selling the vehicle an option? Pay off the fines, and start from square one.

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  30. Suzy Foster Suzy Foster says:

    Have your husband sell his car and pay off the tickets. Whatever is left over he can use to buy a bicycle because he should not be on the road!

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  31. https://www.facebook.com/randy.gotaticketfighit

    I don’t know if this man can help but I’ve heard he does good work helping get reductions. Don’t let him drive again if under your nane….period. he can get one in his own name or a bus pass. And not to be rude but either your address is wrong on your registration or your husband is hiding stuff from you. 1 ticket maybe, but 14?

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  32. Rick O Rick O'Shay says:

    Hahahahahahahahahaha grow up kid. Own your actions and pay up.

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  33. Lisa Lutz Lisa Lutz says:

    Update your driver’s license address so that you receive the photo radar notices in the mail.

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  34. go to money mart/cash money and take a loan out with them. borrow from friends and famiy.

    saying you did not receive the tickets in the mail is not a defense, even tho you are being completely truthful of that.

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  35. Greg Taylor Greg Taylor says:

    Make the spouse get a job and pay it, and don’t let that person drive anymore, I hear your frustration and apparently the person does not care about others safety or the fact that the car is registered to you and you have to pay for this,
    One solution is if you have a friend in the city draw him or her up a bill of sale and have him get a plate and registration and yup insurance , I am sure you can still get an in transit sticker to make it cheaper, then if you are out of province I would get a new license there and register there, cause if I remember correctly the photoradar is only provincial so won’t show up on other provinces computer, please don’t quote me on that things might of changed, sorry to hear about your frustration as I would lose my shit.

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  36. Felicia Rene Felicia Rene says:

    Sorry love, my ex did the same. However it was under his registration. The funds just weren’t available. There were definitely notices that he hid. I have no advice except to see what options are available with the registry to pay it off. I DO think you need to weight the pros and cons of your relationship.

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  37. James Meath James Meath says:

    Tell your wife to pony up the $$$ or you pay it!! Make her work it off $50. Blow job $100. A lay. Just think of all the sex. lol

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  38. Take the bus like everyone else who either can’t afford to drive ,who are scared of driving ., and can’t pay fines

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  39. Lionel Bird Lionel Bird says:

    Advice. Pay the fines and don’t let shit for brains drive your car.

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  40. My I suggest your hubby take a second job. I here McDonald’s is hiring. Two months and he can pay for them. Besides he won’t have so much time to drive which could be a good thing.

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  41. Get a job to pay off or borrow money from a friend. No quick solution here

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  42. Cindy Dato Cindy Dato says:

    Have your husband not drive your vehicle anymore.

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  43. Rob Howse Rob Howse says:

    Well maybe having no vehicle and having to pay for mistakes is the correct punishment for speeding and endangering other motorists.

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  44. Em Jacobs Em Jacobs says:

    Divorce your hubby… that’s the only way… lol jk

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  45. Pimpin ain’t easy

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  46. Sammi Pepin Sammi Pepin says:

    Umm?!? So they are from 2015? And it’s 2017 now, how did this not hit you befor?

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  47. I think there is also something called fine options….you can do community service to pay off the fines. If you have no option to pay, then that might work for you. Otherwise, use public transit until you can save up the money to pay.

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  48. You can’t do anything about these fines or do anything at a registry until you pay the fines. If they are past due you cannot negotiate-I have been in a Similar situation….. ok same situation lower fine totals. Pay them off one at a time.

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  49. May as well buy a bicycle… can’t pay ? Then don’t drive… pretty simple.

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  50. Sell the vehicle to your husband and get a new plate. Then don’t let him drive it

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  51. Ezra Lopez Ezra Lopez says:

    Pfft welcome to the club. It’s called getting a side job, saving up change, cutting back on luxury item’s, and learning your lesson. By doing all the things I’ve just mentioned it will be a huge lesson to you to pay more attention. Having a vehicle and a plate in YOUR name is a huge responsibility. None of my tickets are from me either..my roommate took my car few times, my shitty ex bf racked up lots of photo Radar tickets too. I wasn’t getting my mail because they had the address wrong so when I went to court to see if they​ would reduce them do you know what the judge told me? THE SAME ADVICE I JUST GAVE YOU. The judge won’t give two shits. Sucks I know, but I definitely learned my lesson the hard way. You will too. Best of luck to ya

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