But the officer gave me the ticket anyways, who did not acknowledge that I was able to drive on the HOV lanes with green plates. I called the hotline at the back, but for two days I could not reach a single person, and it would automatically hang up after a few transfers, telling me to call back later. Eventually, I went to take time off work to go to the courthouse and see if I could get it dropped without needing to speak to the judge
If I actually end up going to the court date, I really don't need to bring any proof. I am driving a vehicle with legit, unexpired green vehicle plates, which are legally able to drive on all HOV lanes. Green Vehicle plates have either GV or EV prefixes, for example, mines is GVAA 056, basically I have the 56th green vehicle in all of Ontario, and this is clearly written down on the ticket. The Ministry of Transportation website says it, hell, there are even signs on the major highways (not on streets yet from what I've seen) indicating that green plates are okay on HOV lanes. I know that they have been really lazy on updating all the signs, I've only seen less then a dozen of these updated signs on the 400 series highway with HOV lanes. So far I've wasted $3 for parking at the courthouse to line up and ask why I was issued this ticket to no avail, eventually getting a court date. I don't want to take more time off and pay for more parking to go to the court date. I'm not in the wrong at all here.
Is there any way of getting this ticket thrown out before the court date?
I might even have audio footage of the conversation between the officer and I (My vehicle is equipped with a dashcam), I'll will need to look at it. Funny thing is that I've bumped into other officers all the time at the same location inside the tunnel and they've always waved me through or chatted me with in regards to how the Volt is like to drive and live with.
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/e ... _e.htm#BK1
It might not hurt to keep a copy of the regulation with you in future, just in case you get stopped by another officer who isn't aware of the exemption.
i'm very surprised that LEOs tasked to HOV enforcement programs are unaware of the 'Green Plate' exemption
OP i would actually go into the station and talk to the Staff Sgt. and advise them to maybe setup some sort of workshop or training camp... or atleast send out a memo to all the officers in that division
i've seen posted signs along the 404 and 403 which read