Traffic Tickets

Information related to traffic tickets and traffic court.

Q&A - Do Fines Really Double in Construction Zones?

Q&A ImageQUESTION: I am aware of the sign posted at the construction sites about double the fine, but have been told that the fine incurred is actually excessive speed if the speed is too high. Is there an actual regulation about double the fine or is this sign  just a deterrent?

CASE LAW - R v Min

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe case of R v Min arises from an intersection safety camera ticket. A 2015 Audi was photographed traveling through an intersection in Vancouver at a speed between 41 and 60 km/h over the 50 km/h speed limit. Le Min, the owner of the Audi was issued a violation ticket which she disputed. The matter was heard in traffic court where she pled guilty to the offence.

Q&A - Police Ignore Request for Disclosure

Ticket WriterQuestion: I filed for disclosure and received a call today from the traffic court registry. They told me that the Crown Counsel is not involved and that only the officer who issued the ticket can provide disclosure. I requested the officers evidence and notes the same day I filed for dispute and never received a response. I used express post for the request and have proof of delivery.

Ticket Fallacies

Violation TicketI refused to sign the ticket that I got for speeding last week. Does that mean this ticket is invalid and I don't have to pay it? Questions like this one are common from readers who were not happy following their roadside encounter with traffic enforcement. However, a violator's signature is not required to make the ticket valid.

CASE LAW - R v Prediger

BC Courts Coat of ArmsDaniel Prediger was issued a traffic ticket for speeding at Isle Pierre and appeared in traffic court represented by counsel before Judicial Justice Adair to dispute the allegation. The lawyer raised two issues, the officer using a memory aid to assist in testimony and what evidence needs to be led by the Crown before the court can rely on a speed measuring device reading.

CASE LAW - R v Drewcock

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is a case where Timothy Drewcock appealed his conviction for speeding in traffic court. His position is that the JJP should not have admitted police radar evidence because there was no evidence explaining when and how the radar instrument used in the case was tested and what tests were made.

Notice & Order #3

Ticket WriterPolice often issue a legal document called a Notice & Order with box three checked to deal with minor vehicle defects. It requires that the person responsible make the repair as soon as possible and then report to a specific location within a set number of days to show that the repairs have been made.

CASE LAW - R v Seraji

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIt's relatively rare to see a traffic court decision appealed by the Crown. In this case, Aria Seraji was charged with excessive speed and disputed the traffic ticket. After his trial the judicial justice found that Mr. Seraji was not driving at excessive speed and convicted him of the lesser included offence of speeding. Crown appealed the decision.

NOTICE - Resumption of Traffic Court

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe Court is now ready to resume scheduling traffic hearings in some locations. In order to keep all participants safe and physically distant while providing access to justice, the Court has worked together with Court Services Branch (including the Sheriff Service) and Corporate Management Services Branch to identify alternate hearing locations and/or alternate hearing times to accommodate people attending these hearings.

DATA - Traffic Tickets Issued 2015 to 2019

Ticket WriterICBC has published data on traffic tickets issued in BC during the years 2015 to 2019. It's a great reference document to cite when you are worried about enforcement that is not being done. The data no longer shows a single total for the year, but does divide the data in to categories to shorten your search.

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