Hamilton, Ontario,

Expired Validation Tags Alert Officers to Violations

On many occasions, investigations into simple administrative and driving infractions reveal greater violations related to the Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code of Canada. Hamilton Police are reminding the public to review their obligations as a registered owner and or operator of a motor vehicle in order to be in compliance with the rules and regulations of the HTA and CCC.

Recently, two traffic stops initiated as a result of expired validation tags led to additional charges being laid by police.

On Monday, January 28, 2019, shortly before 1:00 p.m., Hamilton Police were in the area of Bay Street North and King Street West when they observed a 2008 Ford Edge with an expired validation tag. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was unable to produce a valid driver’s licence or insurance documents for the vehicle. Through investigation, police determined the driver falsely identified himself as the registered owner of the vehicle, his father. Once the driver’s true identity was confirmed, police learned his driving status was unlicenced.

The driver was issued three Provincial Offence tickets and the vehicle was subsequently towed to a compound.


  • 36-year-old Stoney Creek man


  • Drive motor vehicle – no licence
  • Drive motor vehicle – no validation on plate
  • Fail to produce insurance card


On Monday, January 28, 2019, shortly after 7:00 p.m., Hamilton Police observed a Dodge pick-up truck travelling westbound on Barton Street near East Avenue. At that time it was noted the validation tag appeared to be expired. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver produced the required documents. The investigation confirmed the driver’s licence status was suspended and the validation tag had expired in March 2018.

The driver was issued two court summons and is scheduled to appear at the John Sopinka Courthouse on Monday, February 25, 2019, to answer to the charges.


  • 51-year-old Burlington man


  • Drive motor vehicle - licence suspended
  • Drive motor vehicle – no validation on plate