***THIS IS NOT A TAXI – IT IS A POLICE RADAR/CHASE VEHICLE***
Fightyourtickets received an email from a concerned citizen accompanied by the photo shown above. The vehicle shown in the picture, has no markings whatsoever, indicating that it is a police vehicle. On the contrary, the vehicle without any markings has a roof sign, resembling that of a taxi roof sign (not a police roof light bar). Upon closer examination of the roof sign, in small print, it reads “police” and the phone number (878-5511) is the phone number of the Halton Regional Police.
Apparently, the Halton Regional Police are using Radar Vehicles that are disguised as Taxi’s. It has been discovered that these vehicles are being utilized in geographical area serviced by the Halton Regional Police.
The geographical area of the Regional Municipality of Halton, encompasses the City of Burlington and the Towns of Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills, approximately 30 kilometers west of Toronto. This Region has a population of 427,500, and covers 958 square kilometers including a 25-km frontage onto Lake Ontario.
It is interesting to note that the Halton Regional Police has a web page called “Traffic Offences“. This page bears a photo(top right-hand corner) in which a Halton Police Cruiser with a full roof light bar flashing; has apparently pulled a vehicle over and it shows an officer at the driver’s side window (window rolled down) of the pulled over vehicle. No where in the photo does a unmarked vehicle, resembling a taxi (without roof light bars), appear with a police officer operating a radar unit.
The next time you are driving in or near the geographically area of the Regional Municipality of Halton, and you see what appears to be a taxi, in your rear view mirror, beware it may be the police following you and clocking your speed.
If you’re flagging down, what you believe is a taxi, and your standing on the road, be careful. If you are standing on the road and an undercover police car (disguised as a taxi) pulls over, you may find yourself being ticketed for violating section 177(1) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA). You must be off the road (preferably on a sidewalk) when you are hitchhiking, or you may face charges under section 177(1) of the HTA by Halton Police.
In their post “Traffic Offences” the Halton Police readily admit that “warnings” are only ever given to a motorist for a traffic offence in “exceptional circumstances” (translation – you won’t be issued a “warning”, only a traffic ticket) and that having the speed reduced by police when they are issuing a “speeding ticket” is “rarely done” (translation – if you are travelling 25 kilometres in excess of the speed limit, then you’ll be issued a ticket for travelling 25 kilo’s. over the speed limit).
It is surprising that the Police would resort to these sneaky tactics and disguises to simply enforce the rules of the road; given their lobbying to have an additional lighting colour (blue) on the roof light bars on their vehicles through Bill 203:
18. The definition of “emergency vehicle” in subsection 144 (1) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:
“emergency vehicle” means,
(a) a vehicle while used by a person in the lawful performance of his or her duties as a police officer, on which a siren is continuously sounding and from which intermittent flashes of red light or red and blue light are visible in all directions, or
(b) any of the following vehicles, on which a siren is continuously sounding and from which intermittent flashes of red light are visible in all directions.