Traffic Tickets

Information related to traffic tickets and traffic court.

Q&A - Serving an Amended Traffic Ticket

Q&A ImageWhen a motorist is issued a traffic ticket, the service is proven by either the signature of the accused, or by completing the Certificate of Service on the rear side of the Officer's copy.

If there is information that required amendments to be correct that was not part of the shaded area, is there a requirement for the same proof of service as serving the original copy?

Q&A - First Ticket

New Driver Signs 2011A few days ago, I have just received my first Novice License and had retained my L for a year without any issue or ticket. Today, I have driven up Burnaby mountain, and down for the first time and was ticketed out a speeding at 92km/hour in a 60km/hour zone.

Q&A - Ticketed for Non-Operational Cell Phone

Q&A ImageI was pulled over recently for the use of electronic devices. The cell phone is damaged and was not operational but I still got a ticket. I needed a help how I can dispute the ticket.

NEWS - Provincial Court Support Person Guidelines

BC Courts Coat of ArmsOn April 10, 2017 provincial court Chief Judge Thomas J. Crabtree issue a Notice to the Profession for family court and civil proceedings. This was followed up by a notice from the provincial court titled Guidelines for Using a Support Person in Provincial Court. An associated  publication from the National Self-Represented Litigant's Project is The McKenzie Friend: Choosing and Presenting a Courtroom Companion.

More on Agents in Traffic Court

Violation Ticket Top I'm not a lawyer reads the e-mail, I'm a grandfather but I want to be able to help my grandson dispute a traffic ticket. At his first appearance on this ticket the presiding justice refused to let me participate telling me that my grandson was old enough to do it himself. There wasn't enough time to get to his hearing that day so I want to try again. How do I get the court's permission to do this?

Q&A - Taxi Passengers Not Wearing Seatbelts

Q&A ImageMy partner and I live in Victoria and finally able to afford it, decided to go out to dinner in North Saanich.  Not wanting to drink and drive, we went to the expense of booking a hotel in Sidney and took a taxi to the restaurant and back .  On the way back to the hotel after our dinner, the taxi driver went through a road block immediately after turning off the highway onto Beacon Avenue, directly

Violation Ticket Defects

Violation Ticket TopJudging by the questions submitted to DriveSmartBC, one of the first responses people have after receiving a traffic ticket is to find a defect, real or imagined, as a justification for not having to pay or to justify a dispute in traffic court. Contrary to what you might think, an officer may make a number of errors or omissions without causing the ticket to be null and void.

Q&A - Sufficient Description of Offence

Q&A ImageI received a speeding ticket and in the description of offence field it simply states "Speed 57 km/h" It does not include what the posted speed limit was.

Is this a sufficient description?

Does the offence noted need to indicate what the posted speed limit was?

CASE LAW - R v Erfani

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMana Erfani received a two count traffic ticket for not having a valid driver's licence and using an electronic device while driving. She intended to dispute both counts, but on the advice of an insurance agent, paid the fine for the no driver's licence count. On the date set for the trial of the use electronic device count, Ms. Erfani failed to appear and was deemed convicted.

Q&A - Collection Agency Calling Over Unpaid Seatbelt Ticket

Q&A ImageA collection agency is calling my wife about a seatbelt ticket from 7 years ago. She has called ICBC and received a reference number regarding a ticket that was supposed to have been issued to her back in September of 2009.

I recall the incident where an officer stepped out at a 4 way stop, stopping our car and noticed my wife did not have her seatbelt on. A verbal warning was given only and no ticket issued.

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