Ticket when we lend our car

Sometimes we are really kind and we lend our car to a friend or a member of the family… What happens if he parks in a prohibited zone and  gets a ticket in your windshield ?

What to do with a ticket when we lend our car ?

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Hello,

Your website is very interesting.

I wonder if you will have an answer for me ;-)

I lend my car to a friend and he got a ticket.

He wants to contest it since he parked around 10pm near a parking meter with a grey cap that said that the parking was reserved.

At 10pm, we don’t check the parking meter. He took some pictures and a few days later, he saw others being caught always after 9pm.

1-    What can I do to not be held responsible and make sure that he will need to go in court and not me ?

2-    Do you think he stand a chance to be acquitted ?

Thank you for your help.
Myriam

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My answer :Thank you for you good comments.

Easier said then done… first of all, your friend shouldn’t fight against the fact that she is the one that needs to pay the ticket… it should be obvious. But, if he wants to contest…, it’s his right and on an other hand, it seems totally justified in this case.

So, one step at the time :

First question : You need to use the designated form at this effect in order to identify your friend as the driver at the moment of the infraction. Here are the 4 situations possible (quoted from the government website). The 3rd and 4th  situations are concerning you depending on the fact that your friend accept to be designated. If not, you force him… without his signature he will still be.

Read the following…:

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# The vehicle’s owner receives the statement of offence and chooses one of four options :

  1. The owner enters a plea of guilty and pays the amount due. The file is closed and the process is finished.
  2. The owner contests the offence and enters a plea of not guilty. BIA forwards the file to the Court of Québec for a hearing.
  3. The owner was not the driver at the time the offence was committed. The owner may choose to designate the driver involved, complete the Driver Designation Form with this person, who cosigns the form, and send it to BIA along with a plea of not guilty.
  4. The owner was not the driver at the time the offence was committed. The owner may choose to designate the driver involved and complete the Driver Designation Form. If the driver refuses to cosign, the owner sends the non-cosigned report to BIA along with a plea of not guilty, and notifies the designated driver.

# For both option 3 and option 4, the vehicle owner has 10 days to transmit the designation form and a plea of not guilty. BIA will then send a new statement of offence to the designated driver. If this person pleads guilty and pays the amount due, both files are closed and the process is finished. If this person pleads not guilty, BIA sends both files to the Court of Québec for a hearing.

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So hurry up ! You have 10 days following the moment where you got the ticket !

Second question :
Indeed, with pictures to indorse your story, you have good chances of winning your case. However, make sure you pictured the side of the street to see if other signs were installed… For example, on the street lights where there could have been signs of no parking on Monday and Wednesday nights…

Keep us updated…

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