Traffic Tickets

Information related to traffic tickets and traffic court.

Q&A - Unpaid Traffic Tickets and Collection Agencies

Q&A ImageI received a call from a collection agency today Jan. 26/16 ARO Inc. involving an unpaid $138 speeding ticket dated Jan. 21, 2009. They had been sending correspondence to an address in Delta, BC since 2009. I have not had a drivers licence in BC or lived in BC since 1989. Now 7 years later they want me to pay the fine before Feb. 7/16 or risk having it effect my credit rating.

Nothing But a Tax Grab

Ticket Writer"This is nothing but a tax grab!" These words were often spoken by drivers during or just after signing to acknowledge the receipt of a violation ticket. I can understand being the target of an expression of frustration in these circumstances, but I wish that the expressing had a little thought behind it rather than just parroting something inappropriate to the circumstances.

Q&A - Disputing a Yellow Light Ticket

Q&A ImageI was recently issued a ticket for failure to stop at a yellow light at an intersection.

Q&A - Question of Two Driver's Licences

Q&A ImageI got a ticket for speeding on my Alberta license in Vancouver. I disputed that ticket and my court date is this week. Since then, I have gotten a BC license and no longer hold an Alberta license. I was wondering, since I no longer hold that license, how does this ticket affect me?

Will it appear on my driving record?

Will the demerits show up on my BC license as well?

Avoiding Penalty Points

Violation Ticket TopOne of the recurring themes among DriveSmartBC correspondents involves avoiding penalty points after a driver has received a traffic ticket for committing a hazardous moving violation. Often the driver realizes that they have erred and are willing to pay the fine but want to avoid having penalty points assessed for the transgression. Avoiding penalty points is particularly important to drivers in the Graduated Licencing program who will be prohibited from driving at a low point threshold, but professional drivers and those with a poor driving record are also concerned.

Failure to Keep Right

Q&A ImageI got a ticket from an officer for "failure to keep right" after he showed up an hour after I had hydroplaned off of a ONE WAY to the right of the road. He gave me this ticket and he said he was being "nice" because he felt he could have gave me a speeding ticket (even thought he wasn't there) Do I have a case ?

Q&A - Speeding Ticket by Mail?

Q&A ImageI am wondering if you can get a speeding ticket (not red light ticket) by mail?

Q&A - Dispute Affected by Canada Post?

Q&A ImageMy wife got a speeding ticket on 17 on her way to YVR - she is a flight attendant. That date was July 24th, 2014. It was disputed but to date we have not heard further. My question is twofold. Canada Post as you may know has become horribly inefficient in delivering mail, and, our "super" box has been broken into several times.

Q&A - Ticketed for Using Cell Phone When Engine was Off

Q&A ImageI was handed a traffic violation ticket today for 'use of electronic device when driving", however I was stopped in traffic in the right-most lane, and the engine to my vehicle was off due to a Start/Stop feature that shuts my engine down every time my car comes to a complete stop (for fuel efficiency purposes).

Q&A - Officer Forgot to Serve Me My Speeding Ticket

Q&A ImageI was not given my copy of a speeding ticket. Will it be mailed to me or should I phone? I know which RCMP detachment wrote the ticket..

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