The RNC says the public should alert police, not Twitter, about licence plates with expired stickers.
“We always encourage the public to call in for any breach of the Criminal Code or the Highway Traffic Act,” said Const. Steven Curnew, the RNC’s media relations officer.
Earlier this month, Twitter account @NLuninsured was created, asking people to forward pictures of vehicles with expired or missing registration stickers.
The account has tweeted and retweeted several such pictures — including one of a Corolla whose sticker was two years and four months out of date — but Curnew said it’s not a good idea.
“Stickers are not always a good indication that the vehicles are registered or not,” he said.
“Stickers can be removed and placed on another vehicle. … That’s something we can check on the computers in our vehicles or simply radio in to our dispatch, so we can verify whether the information is true.”
If @NLinsured wants to help fix the problem of unregistered and uninsured vehicles, said Curnew, the pictures should be sent to the police, not posted on Twitter.
“That’s not something we’re always checking. If someone truly believes someone is breaking the Highway Traffic Act by not registering a vehicle or operating an unregistered vehicle, then by all means give us a call; we can certainly look into that.”
The creator of @NLuninsured — who asked not to be identified — declined an interview request from The Telegram.