Traffic Tickets

Information related to traffic tickets and traffic court.

"Fail to obey traffic sign" Dispute Options

Q&A ImageI recently recieved ticket claiming a failure to obey traffic sign. No accident resulted, and this is my first ticket.

On the face of the ticket, the officer stated Sec. 161 of the MVA, but did not specify 161a/161b/161c or 161d.

Q&A - Disputing Speeding in a Playground Zone Ticket

Q&A ImageI received a Violation Ticket (Speed in Playground Zone) about a year ago and will be disputing it at some point... (I still have not received my court date)

Q&A - Told to dispute ticket by cop??

Q&A ImageI just moved here from Manitoba and have already got my first BC speeding ticket! I was on my motorcycle on the Trans Canada in the construction zones. I was riding behind another motorbike at about 7 car lengths behind him when we passed the cop.

Q&A - Disputing my failing to stop ticket

Q&A ImageI approached a 4 way stop, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that I stopped. I waited & proceeded straight through the intersection as there were no cars approaching the intersection from any direction.  This happened about 10 pm at night, at an intersection about 3 blocks from my home, so it is an intersection I am very familiar with.

Q&A - Being served a traffic ticket at home

Q&A ImageA few days ago an off duty police member from another town reported a family member as allegedly committing two traffic infractions.  A constable from our local RCMP has attended our home twice to try to serve this family member with the traffic tickets, but has (honestly) come when this family member was at work.

CASE LAW - R v Soriano

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMr. Soriano was convicted of speeding and fined $138 on April 6, 2010. He subsequently appealed his conviction to the Supreme Court of BC claiming that the verdict was unreasonable because he was not exceeding the speed limit. There was a miscarriage of justice because his hearing was not fair.

Q&A - Number of Officers Involved in Issuing a Ticket

Q&A ImageHow does a person know whether multiple officers were involved in a speeding ticket and not just the officer who issued the ticket? If there is doubt, how can a civilian investigate the matter further and find out?

Q&A - Received a Ticket for Using a Cell Phone

Q&A ImageI have a question regarding driving violation 214.1(1) prohibiting cell phone usage while driving. I recently was pulled over by an RCMP officer and when I asked what was wrong he said that I had been using my cell phone while driving. I tried to respectively deny this as I had not been using my phone.

NEWS - Changes Coming for Traffic Tickets in BC

Ticket WriterOne day in the not too distant future police will swipe your driver's licence through a card reader, pick the offence from a list on their computer screen and click print to issue you a traffic ticket. No more hand written ticket forms for BC drivers.

Should My Driving Record be Available to the Public?

AngelYesterday's edition of the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper contained an article about Justice Minister Shirley Bond considering making the driving record of B.C. drivers public knowledge. The idea is that if conventional methods of convincing drivers to follow the driving rules are not successful, then it is time to find other solutions. This one would be aimed at embarrassing a non-compliant driver publicly.

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