Traffic Tickets

Information related to traffic tickets and traffic court.

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.

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.

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Offences 2016

Ticket WriterIn 2014 I responded to the often heard statement that "The police never write tickets for..." for those who complained on the subject but really had no idea of whether their belief was true or not. After looking at the list of tickets issued for Motor Vehicle Act offences that year they could either justify their complaint or be satisfied that the opposite was really true. You can find the data for the Motor Vehicle Act and Motor Vehicle Act Regulations in 2015 on this site as well.

CASE LAW - R v Schryvers

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is a case that dates back to November 1, 1962 in the British Columbia Supreme Court. It is the origin of what is known among police officers as the Schryvers Test and is used to assist in properly identifying the driver in traffic court as the accused.

Restorative Justice: An Alternative to the Traffic Ticket

Scales of JusticeQuite some time ago I wrote about an initiative to trade your ticket for driver training. I was very pleased with the outcome of the one instance that I tried on my own, but the program never took off as the provincial government required the RCMP to provide it to all drivers if it was implemented. The Victoria Police Department is trying something similar through Restorative Justice Victoria.

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