CASE LAW - R v Shafer

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIan Shafer used to live in Las Vegas, Nevada and had licensed his car there. He moved to Oak Bay, B.C. but had not obtained a BC driver's license or BC license plates and insurance at the time he was stopped for speeding by police in Victoria. He was issued a traffic ticket for speeding, not having a BC driver's license and operating an uninsured vehicle. He pled guilty to speeding and not guilty to the other two counts.

There are two points of interest in this case. The first is how the court decided that Shafer was ordinarily resident in BC and was required to obtain a BC driver's license. The second is whether Shafer knew that he was not properly insured and consequently guilty of operating an uninsured vehicle.

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