Traffic Tickets

Information related to traffic tickets and traffic court.

Q&A - Using GPS Evidence in Court

GPSQ: I was issued two tickets in June of 2018, one of them for excessive speed. I was and still am an N driver. It occurred at 142 Street and 72nd Avenue in Surrey in a speed trap. I acknowledge the fact that I was speeding but did not reach the over 40km/h threshold. I have evidence from my iPhone 8 Plus and the Life 360 app that shows the speed I reached was 3km/h fewer than 40km/h over the limit. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Q&A - Ticket Advice Request for Failing to Yield & Unsafe Lane Change

Q&A ImageQ: I need advice to dispute two traffic tickets, Disobey Yield Sign - Section 173(2) MVA and Change Lane Unsafely - Section 151(a) MVA.

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Q&A - 5 Tickets in 1 Stop

Q&A ImageQ: I was served 2 violation tickets. I’d like an inquiry about what I’d be looking forward to in court. I was served one count of excessive speed MVA 148(1), prohibited use of HOV, and fail to display ‘N’ sign. Also gave me a charge of operating MV with Cannabis in vehicle. Prior to that I was an N class driver with 30 months clean driving, I had not went for a class 5 test due to preoccupations.

Penalty Points

penalty points"I'll pay the fine, I just don't want the points." This is not an uncommon desire expressed by drivers prior to a traffic court hearing when asked how they want to proceed. If the violation ticket was issued with the accused identified as the driver, penalty points follow the conviction as night follows day. There is no escaping them.

RESOURCE - What Can I Expect at a Traffic Court Hearing?

BC Courts Coat of ArmsWhat can I expect at a Traffic Court Hearing? is a new page on the Provincial Court of British Columbia web site. It's a short overview of the process for someone that has never disputed a violation ticket before and doesn't have the time to view a trial in order to gain experience ahead of time.

CASE LAW ADDENDUM - R v Scherbey

BC Courts Coat of ArmsOn September 9, 2015 Edward Scherbey was driving a vehicle exiting a school zone. His speed was measured using laser at 56 km/h. Constable Sabulsky stopped him and issued a traffic ticket for speeding in the school zone. He disputed the ticket but was not successful.

DATA - Traffic Tickets Issued 2013 to 2017

Ticket WriterOver the past three years I've added data on traffic tickets issued by police: 2016 - MVA & MVAR, 2015 - MVA & MVAR and 2014 - MVA Only. My aim was to cite something accurate when I responded to suggestions that "the police never write tickets for..."

NEWS - Guide to Disputing a Ticket

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe Provincial Court of British Columbia has released a Guide to Disputing a Ticket. The 16 page PDF document expands the information available on the court's Traffic and Bylaws page and is aimed specifically at provincial violation tickets rather than federal or municipal violation tickets. This is applicable to traffic tickets issued under the Motor Vehicle Act and Commercial Transportation Act.

Q&A - Traffic Ticket with Impossible Date

Q&A ImageI received a speeding ticket. which I was shocked as I didn't think I was speeding.  When I looked at the ticket closely, I noticed the date of Feb 30th instead of Feb 20th. 

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Regulations Offences 2016

Ticket WriterHere's the list showing totals for tickets written under B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act Regulations during 2016. It can be compared to the 2015 totals here.

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