A 42-year-old car owner surnamed Chan was dumbfounded when he received three parking violation tickets, totaling HK$960 in fines.
He swears he never parked his car at the address mentioned in the penalty tickets.
It turned out that his old registration mark was being used by someone else, Sing Tao Daily reports.
In May, Chan sold his Honda Accord to a man in his 20s for HK$2,000.
Chan opted to retain the car’s old registration mark and have since used it on a Honda Integra that he purchased recently.
To his surprise, he recently received three penalty tickets for illegal parking on Whampoa Street.
He learned later that his old vehicle bearing the old registration mark was parked at the address mentioned in the tickets.
Witnesses told police that Chan’s old car has been parked there for more than a month and was given tickets by traffic wardens on several occasions.
They said they saw a young man come to the car to take away the tickets.
Chris Chu, an official of the Rights of Hong Kong Car Owners Association, said car sellers, if they want to keep their old registration mark, must see to it that a new registration mark is issued for the car sold.
If they fail to do so, the seller would have to bear any legal responsibilities related to the old registration mark.
Chan told Apple Daily he would have to sort out the matter with the Central Traffic Prosecutions Division.
Police have classified the case as suspected use of forged documents.
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