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The government screwed up? You still pay

The government screwed up? You still pay

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Losing my driver’s license would be worse than… I’d rather not say. This small piece of plastic is my livelihood, my work, my career: my entire being. I could not, nor would I, survive without it. I would end up a hermit living under a rock on the wrong side of the tracks near the bridge. I would all but die.

For many of you, your driver’s license also represents your lifeline for getting to work, to picking up the kids, shopping, and more. And so, imagine one day being pulled over by a cop and being left stranded by the highway with a $1,000 worth of tickets because both your car and your permit have been removed. The questions! The fury! The anger!

Why did this happen? Because your license was suspended, but you were not aware it had happened.

Your driving record is not spotless, however, every ticket was paid or contested, all according to the rules set forth by the governing automotive body of your province. Every communication sent over the last while was addressed with either a check or some other form of compliant response. All except one, because it never made it to you.

That’s right: The one, the most important notice that would have prevented what I could only call a catastrophe, never made it to its destination. This little piece of information was willingly given by said governing body.

So, as it stands, you’re facing a $1,000 impound fee plus a $1,000 ticket, and all they can say is: Sorry, we’ll send out the missing notice right away. Too little, too late.

What are you to do now? Go to court. Yes. Hire a lawyer in hopes of getting your money back only to hand it over to the lawyer, if you win. At this point, there is no alternative. The government has acted -- or failed in its actions -- deal with it.

The point of this story is that no one is perfect. I certainly am not, but the government is, despite the countless times they screw up. If you’re not up to speed on what’s going on with your permit, I strongly suggest that you request your driving record.

If you think you’ve accumulated a few points over the last few years, the next one could put you in the fifth row of your favourite form of public transportation.

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