I’m sure there isn’t a single rider among us who enjoys paying for motorcycle insurance. Whether it’s to protect yourself and your investment in case of a collision or just to stay on the right side of the law, most of us still, however reluctantly, pay it. There are some however, who either can’t afford or justify the cost, so they simply don’t. Playing the odds against the police getting wise or being able to catch them, it isn’t exactly a good strategy for the long-term.
According to Burnaby RCMP’s Twitter feed, a local motorcyclist got creative by doing some of his own arts and crafts. In a misguided scheme to save money on registration and insurance, he decided to use a coloured paper photocopy of a license plate instead of a real one. Spoiler alert: it didn’t go well.
His luck ran out while RCMP witnessed him riding on August 8th shortly after 11pm and ran his plates. In case you think it seems like a gamble worth trying, the 37-year-old was issued $983 in fines for not having valid insurance, no number plate, and on top of that – no driver’s license. In addition to the aforementioned fines, he will also be required to pay for impound and storage fees, adding insult to injury. That is in addition to the points associated with the charges which will no doubt jack up his insurance in the future, if he can ever get it.
The Burnaby RCMP account cited that, “This is quite possibly the most expensive paper plate of all time.” I hope it was a good ride while it lasted, buddy.