Traffic Tickets

Information related to traffic tickets and traffic court.

CASE LAW - R v Yeghiyan

BC Courts Coat of ArmsSos Yeghiyan was issued a violation ticket for speeding with a ticketed amount of $196 on March 28, 2016. He paid the discounted amount of that traffic ticket on March 31, 2016. On July 13, 2016 Mr. Yeghiyan appeared before Madam Justice Adair in Vancouver and attempted to withdraw his guilty plea. He was not successful.

CASE LAW - R v Wong

BC Courts Coat of ArmsOne way of preparing for a traffic ticket dispute is to request disclosure from the officer who issued it. It was relatively rare to receive such a request but when one did appear the disputant often asked for everything, including the tread depth of the right rear tire on the police car. It was fairly clear that the request was based on advice found on the internet rather than obtained from a lawyer. Disclosing less than what was requested (but still reasonable in the circumstances) resulted in complaints to the justice at the hearing.

Sending Your Agent to Traffic Court

Violation Ticket TopYou’ve waited for your day in traffic court and it’s finally drawing near. The trouble is, something unforeseen has occurred and you can’t be there in person. What to do now? Send an agent of course.

Dispute a Traffic Ticket Penalty Without Attending Court

Violation Ticket TopAre you guilty of the offence shown on the violation ticket but unable to pay the ticketed amount? In many cases you can have the fine reviewed and set to a penalty more appropriate for your circumstances without having to set foot in traffic court. When the penalty cannot be reduced or you need both a reduction and time to pay, that can be accomplished as well. All you need to do is to complete and submit two forms for the judicial justice to review.

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Regulations Offences 2015

Ticket WriterHere's the list showing totals for tickets written under B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act Regulations during 2015. It accompanies the list of Motor Vehicle Act tickets for 2015 that appears on its own.

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Offences 2015

Ticket WriterLast year I wrote "The Police Never Write Tickets For..." in response to those who complained on the subject but really had no idea of whether their belief was true or not. After looking at the list, they could either justify their complaint or be satisfied that the opposite was really true. You can find the data for the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations in 2015 here.

Here's the 2015 version of the list showing totals for tickets written under B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act:

Penalty Points and How They Affect You

Ticket WriterI’ve always understood penalty points to be a kind of score keeping method to assign a level of risk to the breach of a traffic rule. The more dangerous the violation, the more penalty points that would be assigned to a driving conviction. Rack up too many points in a set period of time and you would have to pay ICBC premiums and risk a driving prohibition from RoadSafetyBC. Regardless of the fact that penalty points have been a part of driving in BC for many years, they are generally poorly understood.

A Few Thoughts on Traffic Tickets

Violation Ticket TopArrest someone, fight with them, throw them in jail and see them through to penalty in criminal court seems to be business as usual for the police, but write someone a traffic ticket and it's like you've called their mother a bad name. Very few drivers hang their heads, apologize for their mistake and said hand over my ticket, I'll do better next time. Those people do exist and probably receive the benefit of a doubt more often but those that don't wind up asking me for dispute advice in the DriveSmartBC discussion forums.

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.

Avoiding Penalty Points

Violation Ticket TopOne of the recurring themes in the DriveSmartBC Discussion Forum 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.

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