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Diesel Truck Owner fined $500 for an Environmental Protection Act Violation

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Diesel Truck Owner fined $500 for an Environmental Protection Act Violation

Convicted - Brandon James Amell

Court Location – Ottawa

Description of Offence – The conviction relates tohindering or obstructing a Provincial Officer in the lawful performance of his duties by evading the Provincial Officer.

Date of Offence – On or about April 11, 2018

Date of Conviction – September 18, 2019

Penalty Imposed – Brandon Amell was convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act and was fined $500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $110 and was given 3 months to pay.

Background

  • Drive Clean is an Ontario Environmental Protection Act program that is enforced by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and is designed to reduce smog-causing pollutants from motor vehicles.
  • On April 11, 2018, ministry officers were monitoring traffic on Highway 416 in Ottawa for the purpose of performing roadside inspections to enforce the Drive Clean program. The ministry officers were wearing visual identification enforcement officer uniforms and were driving in a ministry patrol vehicle that was equipped with a red-light package.
  • On this date, the ministry officer signalled a white GMC diesel pickup truck to stop for an inspection by activating the red-light package on the ministry vehicle. 
  • Brandon James Amell was driving the pickup and failed to immediately bring the vehicle to a safe stop, but instead accelerated away and took a highway off ramp. 
  • It is understood that Mr. Amell did this because he was concerned about being caught driving while under suspension.
  • The ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in one conviction.

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