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    Towed Vehicles and Red Light Cameras

    Howdy Mr. OFFroad,

    My friend and I were having a discussion about red light cameras and we got to the discussion of trailers. His opinion is that a trailer is like any towed vehicle, and that the towing vehicle is responsible in the matter. Much in the way that if your car was getting pulled by a tow truck, the tow truck driver would be at fault.

    Say I loan my little utility trailer to a friend, or I'm a corporate shipper and hire a third party to haul my 53' van, or I get my car towed, and whoever is driving runs a light: The only visible plate is the one on the trailer. What happens next? Does the trailer owner get the ticket in the mail? Is it their responsibility to go after the driver? Is there some way for the trailer owner to tell the police it was someone else? I'm sure this has come up before in a commercial setting, my Google-fu seems to be lacking tonight.

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    Thanks Salad, I appreciate the comments!

    I emailed Toronto Metro Police Traffic Division, and was advised that the red light cameras do in fact take the picture from the rear. I can only assume, that if it was the case where you loaned your trailer to someone who went through a red light and was issued a ticket, you would have to go after that person for reimbursement. It would be the same as lending your vehicle (or trailer for that matter) to someone who decided to use the 407.

    There is no way to just go ahead and contact Toronto Police if this occurs, as the ticket is usually completed and filed in a short amount of time. Unfortunately it appears as if it would be just between you and your buddy (hypothetically).

    I hope this helps!
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    Re: Towed Vehicles and Red Light Cameras

    What about in the case of a tow truck?
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    side question on this ..for running a red light does the owner of the trailer also get the 4 points off his/her license?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piratexpress1369a View Post
    side question on this ..for running a red light does the owner of the trailer also get the 4 points off his/her license?
    It's actually 3 points, and no, the owner of the vehicle does not get the points.

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    What about in the case of a tow truck?
    The tow truck operator would (in a perfect world) notify the vehicle owner and look after the fine.

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    Re: Towed Vehicles and Red Light Cameras

    Ok thanks

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    Haha look at me - I didn't even know there were points at stake! So say a friend of mine hauls my trailer through a red, police fire a fine towards the registered owner of the trailer (me), and do the points get applied to the license of the owner at that time as well? I could of course go to court and fight the ticket and points, testify that I had loaned the trailer, but if my friend (former at this point) doesn't fess up, then what happens? Lack of evidence as to whom was actually towing it and the matter is dropped? Or is this more of a case-by-case basis and you'd just be speculating?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ON OFFroad View Post
    It's actually 3 points, and no, the owner of the vehicle does not get the points.
    Quoted from my above post for clarification salad....

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    Whoops, I must have skipped over that. Thanks very much!

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