THE LAW - Motor Vehicle Amendment Act #2 2012

Scales of JusticeThe province of British Columbia intends to make  significant changes to the way drivers are penalized for disobeying the driving laws. The current Violation Ticket and traffic court system will be replaced with something similar called a Driving Notice and a system of dispute adjudication under the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

In addition, the government is taking steps to deal with people who do not pay Driving Notices. As is the current case, refusal to issue or renew drivers licences, vehicle licences or number plates will be the remedy.

Highlights of this bill include:

  • allows the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to refuse to issue a driver's or motor vehicle licence or permit or number plates to a person who owes the government a monetary penalty.
  • allows the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to cancel the driver's licence of a person who owes the government a monetary penalty.
  • allows the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to issue a short term driver's licence to a person who owes the government a monetary penalty but who has made an arrangement for payment of the penalty.
  • allows the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to suspend the motor vehicle licence or permit and number plates relating to a motor vehicle owned by a person who owes the government a monetary penalty.
  • requires the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to include the contravention of a driving enactment in providing an extract of a person's record.
  • adds new Parts to establish
    • driving notices under the Act in place of violation tickets under the Offence Act in some instances,
    • the ability of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles to conduct resolution conferences in relation to driving notices, and
    • the Driving Notice Review Board to determine whether a person has contravened a driving enactment.
  • adds to the mandate of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia the ability to collect monetary penalty revenue resulting from the issuance of driving notices under amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act.
  • defines driver assessment points.
  • allows the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to use driver assessment points to assess and levy a driver premium for basic or additional insurance and to establish or adopt a method to use driver assessment points in addition to, or instead of, penalty points.
  • allows the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, because of a person's failure to pay a monetary penalty under the Motor Vehicle Act, to refuse an application for insurance by the person, cancel an owner's or driver's certificate or universal compulsory vehicle insurance in the person's name and issue a short term owner's or driver's certificate or universal compulsory vehicle insurance policy to the person.
  • permits certain electronic procedures in relation to violation tickets issued in respect of offences that are specified in the regulations.

Link:

First Reading Bill 52 - Motor Vehicle Amendment Act #2 2012

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