Ooperators Sandeep Minhas, Garry Kaler, Ricky Brar and Manny Singh say heavy fines for window tint are unfair and defy common sense.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada — A recent crackdown by Winnipeg police saw limousines ticketed for infractions such as having darkly-tinted windows and neon interior lights. Police cited safety concerns and provincial regulations.
These regulations are a big stretch when it comes to their routinely-inspected vehicles, some operators said. Operators parked their vehicles outside the Manitoba legislature hoping to find answers. No word yet on how they fared.
Ricky Brar, owner of Winnipeg-based Hollywood Limousine Service received citations on four of his vehicles, including a Hummer stretch — which carried Arnold Schwarzenegger around in January — for alleged steering problems, despite the fact that it had passed a safety inspection just two months ago, Brar said. He also was fined for lacking a front passenger seatbelt in one of his stretch limos although the vehicle was made without a front passenger seat.
Brar said he was shocked when the tickets came in: all of the vehicles in his fleet are inspected several times a year, with proof of their safety check filed to the Manitoba Taxicab Board, he said. Nobody had mentioned concerns with window tint or interior lights before.
Operators and chauffeurs gather in front of the Manitoba legislative building to protest a recent targeted inspection of limousines.
“It's a chauffeured, professionally-driven vehicle," said Winnipeg Limousine Service owner Shawn Gliddon, emphasizing that the vehicles are already inspected multiple times a year. "There's no safety concerns with that tint. Let's use common sense and see where we go forward."
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Source: Winnipeg Metro News; Winnipeg Free Press; Michael Campos, LCT assistant editor