Before I continue, here is the list of supercars that were impounded.
3 Lamborghini Gallardo
2 Nissan GTR
2 Maserati GranTurismo
1 Audi R8
1 Aston Martin DB9
1 Ferrari 599
1 Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG
1 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
Just after the impoundment was made, the local police have slapped them with only traffic charges (fines and a temporary seizure) as there was little evidence. But five of the car owners have been indicted due to evidence from an eye witness. The British Columbia Civil Forfeiture Office have decided to take further action by commencing in a civil action to confiscate the cars under Canada’s strict ‘street racing’ laws.
While some have applauded the authorities’ actions, many people have supported these drivers instead and condemned the Civil Forfeiture Office actions. A local TV news report has said that the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association have condemned the move and described it as “wildly disproportionate to the offence.” They believe it to be “an end run around the criminal process.”
In the latest developments with regards to this piece of news, one Lamborghini Gallardo owner is found guilty of such charges and the local authorities have announced that they will be selling off his prized supercar.
The local authorities have indicated that negotiations for the sale had been entered into but refused to comment on the price as it will jeopardise the negotiations. Despite the lack of evidence, the Civil Forfeiture Office has pressed to have the cars seized and they won their case. Five cars were seized, whom the owners are foreign nationals studying in the country and are under the age of 21. Three cases are still in dispute and one has been dropped.
I am just glad that I am not living in Canada and the laws here are not as strict as over there. What are your views on these overseas laws and if you have experienced anything like this in other countries? Please leave your comments down below. Thank you.
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