Spirit of the season? Truck driver who collected food donations fined $150

CTVNews.ca Staff, with a report from CTV Kitchener’s Krista Simpson
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018 1:03PM EST
A man who was ticketed by police officers after dropping off food items that had been donated at a Santa Claus parade will have to pay a £150 fine. Mark Hoffman was charged with six traffic offences in December 2017, on the day of a parade in New Hamburg, Ont.

He said police officers he had seen along the parade route met him at the donation drop-off site, where they inspected his truck and issued him the tickets. The offences, which carried total fines of more than £1,000, included failure to surrender an inspection report and failure to surrender an insurance card. Police defended the charges, saying they were concerned the vehicle was unsafe.

Hoffman appeared in court Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to failing to display an inspection certificate and failing to surrender an insurance card. The other four charges were dropped. Speaking to CTV Kitchener, Hoffman said he had let the inspection certificate expire because he was no longer using the truck for business purposes, and didn’t have the vehicle’s insurance card with him at the time of the parade.

“It was a trivial matter.

It shouldn’t have been brought before the courts but it was, so this was the best resolution,” he said

A longtime volunteer at the New Hamburg parade, Hoffman took part in this year’s edition as well – albeit with a different truck.

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