NEWS - Electronic Tickets
Our government continues to rollout eTicketing, which will virtually replace paper traffic tickets, reduce red tape, allow officers to respond to traffic offences more efficiently, and will provide more accurate data that will help to improve road safety programs and policies.
In June 2019, RoadSafetyBC began a steady but staggered rollout that prioritizes those who issue a high volume of tickets, including independent municipal police traffic officers, RCMP Provincial Traffic Units and Integrated Road Safety Units (IRSUs).
To date, twelve of the fourteen independent municipal police departments have started eTicketing, with Oak Bay Police Department and Victoria Police Department to be completed in Fall 2019.
There have been seven RCMP Provincial Traffic Units and IRSUs included so far, with approximately ten more scheduled for the implementation by March 31, 2020.
Early business intelligence reporting on the eTicketing program is demonstrating a 13% dispute rate, down from an approximate 17% average for paper tickets as well as a 0.65% cancellation rate, down from an approximate 3% rate for paper tickets.
Officers are happy with the system that permits them to fill the ticket by scanning the driver's licence and choosing the offence(s) to fill in the blanks. A completed ticket is immediately transmitted to ICBC for processing and officers notes are stored as a PRIME-BC record.
The only hard copy of an eTicket is printed at the roadside and given to the driver, who can choose to pay it on line or dispute in the normal manner.
Currently eTickets are only being used for offences under the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations. Other provincial offences are still being dealt with by traditional hand written tickets.