Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported that, in November, hundreds of motorists in the province were caught driving with suspended licences or operating vehicles without valid insurance.
Provincial police reported the following results for the month:
- 302 offences for driving while suspended or disqualified
- 519 tickets for operating a motor vehicle or trailer without a valid registration
- 345 tickets for driving without a valid licence or failing to abide by licence restrictions
The public insurer warned in a release that for individuals to legally drive a motor vehicle on Saskatchewan’s public roads, they would need a valid driver’s license that is not suspended or expired, as well as having valid insurance on their vehicle (insurance that has up-to-date registration with SGI).
SGI also cautioned the public that police cars throughout the province are equipped with automatic licence plate readers (ALPRs), which allow the authorities to easily identify those drivers who do not follow the regulations.
Motorists cannot claim that they were “on their way to SGI” with an unregistered vehicle, SGI cautioned. The insurer said that there should be no excuse for drivers with unregistered cars, especially when anyone can pay for their license plates online through SGI’s website. SGI noted that there is a $580 fine for driving an unregistered vehicle, and that for second and subsequent offenses within 12 months, the vehicle is seized for seven days.
SGI also politely reminded motorists that driving an unregistered vehicle or not having a valid license means there will be no insurance coverage for them should they ever get involved in a collision.
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