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:


MVA Section Number and Name Total Contraventions
Section 146(3) Speed Against Highway Sign 81,000
Section 146(1) Speed In/Outside Municipality 45,000
Section 214.2(1) Use An Electronic Device While Driving 44,000
Section 129(1) Red Light At Intersection 38,000
Section 220(4) Fail To Wear Seat Belt 26,000
Section 146(7) Speed Against Municipal Sign 18,000
Section 25(15) Drive Contrary To Restriction 15,000
Section 24(1) No Driver Licence/Drive Contrary To Class 14,000
Section 125 Disobey Traffic Control Device 13,000
Section 33(1) Fail To Produce Driver'S Licence Or Insurance 13,000
Section 215.43(2)(a) 90 Day Fail Immediate Roadside Prohibition 9,200
Section 24(3)(b) Driving Without Insurance 9,200
Section 148(1) Excessive Speed 7,900
Section 186 Disobey Stop Sign 7,000
Section 147(1) Speed In School Zone 4,800
Section 161 Disobey Traffic Sign Or Signal 4,700
Section 215.43(1)(a) 3 Day Immediate Roadside Prohibition 4,600
Section 152 Laned Roadway With High Occupancy Veh Lane Must Not Drive Mv 4,400
Section 161(b) Disobey Traffic Sign Or Signal 4,400
Section 153 Drive A Motor Vehicle Or Other Device In A Bus Lane 3,800
Section 219(1) Improperly Equipped Motor Vehicle 3,700
Section 147(2) Speed In Playground Zone 3,400
Section 215(2) 24 Hour Prohibition - Alcohol 3,200
Section 140 Disobey Construction Signs 2,900
Section 144(1)(a) Drive Without Due Care 2,900
Section 144(1)(b) Drive Without Consideration 2,600
Section 215(3) 24 Hour Prohibition - Drugs 2,600
Section 162(1) Follow Too Closely 2,400
Section 184(1) Fail To Wear Bicycle Safety Helmet 2,400
Section 168(b)(iv) Unsafe/Prohibited U-Turn - Intersection 2,000
Section 31(1) Fail To Change Adress On Dl 2,000
Section 215.43(2)(b) 90 Day Refuse Immediate Roadside Prohibition 1,900
Section 128(1)(a) Yellow Light At Intersection-No Stop Before Intersection 1,800
Section 13(1)(a) No Current Licence On Vehicle 1,800
Section 146(5) Speed Against Area Sign 1,800
Section 151(b) Lane Change Solid Line 1,800
Section 151(c) Change Lanes Without Signal 1,800
Section 185(3)(a) Disobey Railway Stop Sign 1,500
Section 95(1) Driving While Prohibited Or Suspended 1,500
Section 144(1)(c) Speed Relative To Conditions 1,300
Section 68(1) Fail To Remain At Scene Of Accident 1,300
Section 151(a) Unsafe Lane Change 1,200
Section 174 Fail To Yield On/To Left Turn 1,200
Section 13(1)(b) Fail To Display Current Plates 1,100
Section 13(1)(c) Misuse Of Number Plates 940
Section 155(1)(a) Cross Solid Double Line 840
Section 168(b)(v) Unsafe/Prohibited U-Turn - Business District 820
Section 161(a) Disobey Traffic Sign Or Signal 810
Section 73(1) Fail To Stop For Police 810
Section 90.3 12 Hour Suspension Alcohol Related 780
Section 168(b)(iii) Prohibited U-Turn 710
Section 168(a) Unsafe U-Turn 670
Section 165(2) Improper Left Turn At Intersection 660
Section 127(1)(a)(iii) Fail To Yield To Vehicle 640
Section 150(1) Fail To Keep Right 630
Section 214.2(2) Emailing Or Texting While Driving 620
Section 170(1) No Signal On Turn 610
Section 186(a) Disobey Stop Sign 610
Section 158(1) Pass On Right 600
Section 220(6) Permit Passenger Without Seat Belt 590
Section 128(1)(a) Yellow Light At Intersection/No Stop Before Intersection 550
Section 175(1) Fail To Yield After Stop 500
Section 68(2) Fail To Stop After Collision With Unattended Vehicle 500
Section 165(5) Improper Turn At Intersection 490
Section 179(1) Fail To Yield To Pedestrian 480
Section 159 Unsafe Pass On Left 430
Section 127(1)(a)(ii) Fail To Yield To Pedestrian 420
Section 183(2)(a) Ride Cycle On Sidewalk 410
Section 133 Pedestrian Disobey Control Signal/Fail To Use Crosswalk 370
Section 193 Reverse When Unsafe/Reverse Into Intersection 350
Section 215.43(1)(b) 7 Day Immediate Roadside Prohibition 350
Section 123 Fail To Obey Police Direction 280
Section 102 Driving While Prohibited Or Suspended 270
Section 158(2)(b) Pass On Right Off Roadway 270
Section 73(2) Fail To State Name And Address 270
Section 183(6) Ride Cycle Without Lights 260
Section 189(1)(n) Restricted / No Parking Zone 260
Section 234(1) Driving While Suspended 260
Section 68(1)(a) Fail To Remain Or Return To The Scene Of Accident 240
Section 151(f) Illegal Pass On Laned Roadway 230
Section 177 Fail To Yield For Emergency Vehicle 230
Section 68(3) Fail To Stop When In Accident/Resulting In Property Damage 230
Section 151(e) Right Turn From Wrong Lane 220
Section 165(1) Improper Right Turn At Intersection 210
Section 204(2) Depositing Articles On Highway 210
Section 149 Fail To Stop For School Bus 200
Section 151(d) Left Turn From Wrong Lane 200
Section 71 Fail To Produce Vehicle Licence 200
Section 21(7)(c) Fail To Produce Out Of Province Registration Or Insurance 180
Section 215 24 Hour Prohibition 170
Section 169 Unsafe Start 160
Section 176(2) Emerging Vehicle Fail To Yield 160
Section 194(3) Ride Motorcycle Without Required Helmet 160
Section 165(4) Improper Turn At Intersection 150
Section 182(1) Pedestrian Walk Along Highway 150
Section 195(1)(a) Drive While Control Obstructed 150
Section 68(1)(c) Fail To Produce In Writing Evidence At Scene Of Accident 150
Section 125.1(1) Fail To Stop At An Inoperative Traffic Control Device 140
Section 132(3) Disobey Don'T Walk Sign Or Walk Against Wait Light 140
Section 179(2) Pedestrian Leave Curb When Unsafe 140
Section 155(1)(b)(ii) Cross Solid Broken Line 130
Section 155(1)(c) Fail To Keep Right Of Single Broken Or Solid Line 130
Section 158(2)(a) Unsafe Pass On Right 120
Section 183(14) Careless Cycling/Cycle Without Reasonable Consideration 120
Section 185(1) Fail To Stop Or Leave Safely At Railway Crossing 120
Section 129(5)(a) Red Light - No Intersection 110
Section 163(a) Drive Over Highway Divider 110
Section 200 Drive On Sidewalk 100
Section 151(1)(3) Improper Use Of Leftmost Lane 97
Section 187(1) Fail To Park Off Roadway 97
Section 129(3) Fail To Yield - Right Turn - Red Light 93
Section 220(3) Operate Vehicle With Inoperative Seat Belts 90
Section 141 Disobey Flagman 88
Section 166 Improper Left Turn-No Intersection. 82
Section 173(2) Fail To Obey Yield Sign 82
Section 187(2) Obstruct Traffic By Parking 81
Section 84(2) Fail To Give Information Or Give False Information To Police 80
Section 157(1)(b) Fail To Complete Pass Safely 77
Section 190 Park On Left Side / Park To Far From Curb 76
Section 155(1)(b)(i) Fail To Keep Right Of Double Broken/Solid Line 74
Section 183(2)(b) Ride On Crosswalk 72
Section 189(1)(a) Park On Sidewalk Or Boulevard 72
Section 157(2)(a) Fail To Yield To Passing Vehicle 68
Section 70(1)(b) Refuse/Fail To Produce Dl/Insur For Inspection By Officer 65
Section 175(2) Fail To Yield To Vehicle Leaving Stop 64
Section 195(1)(b) Drive While View Obstructed 64
Section 182(3) Stand On Roadway Soliciting Employment Or Ride 63
Section 183(2)(c) Fail To Ride Cycle On Right 60
Section 220(2) Operate Vehicle Without Seat Belts 57
Section 24(3)(a) No Valid And Subsisting Driver'S Certificate 57
Section 173(1) Fail To Yield Right Of Way At Uncontrolled Intersection 56
Section 189(1)(c) Park In Intersection 55
Section 131(1)(a) Flashing Red Light At Intersection 54
Section 134 Failing To Obey Lane Direction Control Signal 51
Section 151(f) Illegal Pass On Landed Roadway 51
Section 164(2) Leave Controlled Access Highway 51
Section 185(2) Drive Past Railway Crossing Gate 51
Section 191(2)(a) Unsecured Motor Vehicle 51
Section 231.1 Must Not Smoke Tobacco In Mv Occupied By Person Under 16 50
Section 145(1) Slow Driving 49
Section 184(2) Permit Cycling Without Required Bicycle Helmet 46
Section 14(1) Fail To Notify Of Address Change 43
Section 36(3) No Chauffers Permit 43
Section 72 Transport Animals In Insecure Manner On Vehicle Exterior 42
Section 162(3) Fail To Leave Sufficient Space Between Vehicle For Passing 41
Section 3(1) Fail To Register And/Or License Vehicle 41
Section 163(b) Fail To Keep Right Of Divided Highway 39
Section 181 Fail To Exercise Duty To Pedestrian 39
Section 14(2) Fail To Notify Name Change Within 10 Days 38
Section 130(2)(a)(ii) Fail To Stop - Yellow Arrow - In Intersection 37
Section 186(c) Disobey Stop Sign 37
Section 204(1) Depositing Articles On Highway 36
Section 162(2) Commercial Vehicle Follow Too Closely 34
Section 168(b)(ii) Unsafe / Prohibited U-Turn On/Approaching Hill Crest 34
Section 157(1)(a) Fail To Pass At Safe Distance 31
Section 215.43(1)(c) 30 Day Immediate Roadside Prohibition 31
Section 176(1) Emerging Vehicle Fail To Stop 30
Section 189(1)(d) Park Near Hydrant 29
Section 129(4)(a) Pedestrian Facing Red Light Must Not Enter Roadway 28
Section 17(1) Fail To Transfer Vehicle 27
Section 166 Improper Left Turn-No Intersection 26
Section 21(7)(d) Fail To Give Proof Of Financial Responsibility 26
Section 185(5) Fail To Proceed With Caution At Railway Crossing 25
Section 127(2)(c) Pedestrian Must Not Enter Roadway Until Safe 24
Section 150(2) Slow Vehicle Not On Right 24
Section 170(2) Inadequate Signal On Turn 24
Section 180 Pedestrian Fail To Yield To Vehicle 24
Section 68(1)(b) Fail To Render All Reasonable Assistance/Accident 24
Section 189(1)(b) Block Driveway 23
Section 207(2) Fail To Carry Required Warning Devices 23
Section 219(3) Vehicle Or Trailer Not Properly Equipped 23
Section 129(4)(b) Fail To Yield - Left Turn - Red Light 20
Section 15(1)(d) Fail To Notify Vehicle Change 20
Section 160 Pass Without Clear View 20
Section 167 Improper Right Turn - No Intersection 20
Section 183(6)(a) Ride Cycle Without Lighted Lamp Mounted On The Front 20
Section 15(1)(a) Fail To Notify Replacing The Chassis By Another 19
Section 46 Misuse Of Demonstration Plates 19
Section 11 Fail To Carry A Licence 18
Section 183(8) Ride Cycle Without Brakes 18
Section 154 Fail To Keep Right When Meeting On Coming Vehicle 17
Section 203(1) Open Door While Unsafe 17
Section 168(b)(1) Unsafe / Prohibited U-Turn On A Curve 16
Section 179(3) Pass Vehicle Yielding To Pedestrian 16
Section 181 Fail To Excercise Duty To Pedestrian 16
Section 150(3) Fail To Keep Right Of Rotary - Traffic Island 14
Section 130(2)(b) Fail To Yield - Yellow Arrow - Pedestrian 12
Section 151(g) Slow Moving In Wrong Lane 12
Section 183(6)(b) Ride Cycle Without A Red Reflector 12
Section 185(5)(c) Driver Must Not Stop With Part Of Vehicle On/Over Tracks 12
Section 189(1)(e) Park On Crosswalk 12
Section 125.1(2) Fail To Yield To Vehicle On Right/Inoperative Traffic Device 11
Section 165(3) Improper Turn When Traffic Restricted To One Direction 11
Section 175(1)(a) Fail To Yield After Stop 11
Section 164(1) Enter Controlled Access Highway 10
Section 189(1)(l) Double Parking 10
Section 24(2) No Driver Licence/Drive Contrary To Class 10
Section 85 Allow Unlicenced Minor To Drive 10
Section 182(2) Fail To Walk On Left Of Roadway; Facing Traffic 9
Section 191(2)(b) Parked Vehicle Wheels Not Turned To Curb To Avoid Runaway 9
Section 207(3) Fail To Use Warning Devices 9
Section 25(5) Dual Driver'S Licences 9
Section 130(2)(a)(i) Fail To Stop - Yellow Arrow - Marked Crosswalk 8
Section 146(11) Speed On Municipal Lane 8
Section 185(1)(a) Fail To Stop/Rr Cross/Electrical/Mechanical Warning Device 8
Section 21(7) Fail To Produce Out Of Province Registration 8
Section 21(7)(e) Fail To Register Out Of Province Vehicle 8
Section 131(2)(a) Flashing Red Light-No Intersection 7
Section 168(b)(ii) Unsafe/Prohibited U-Turn On/Approaching Hill Crest 7
Section 179(4) Disobey School Guard/Disobey School Patrol 7
Section 36(1) Fail To Produce Chauffeurs Permit 7
Section 44(3) Misuse Of Repair Plate 7
Section 45(1) Driving Demo Vehicle - No Consent 7
Section 153(1) Drive/Operate/Stand/Park Mv On Designated Use Highway 6
Section 183(2)(e) Fail To Keep At Least One Hand On Handlebars 6
Section 183(2)(f) Fail To Ride On Seat 6
Section 183(6)(c) Ride Cycle W/O Lighted Red Lamp Mounted At Rear 6
Section 185(3)(b) Fail To Stop At Railway Crossing 6
Section 186(b) Disobey Stopsign With Crosswalk 6
Section 198 Follow Fire Truck Too Closely Or Park Near Fire Truck 6
Section 199 Drive Over Fire Hose 6
Section 25(1) Applicant For Dl Must Sign Application/Complete/Deliver Form 6
Section 31(2) Fail To Notify Change Of Name 6
Section 157(2)(b) Increase Speed While Being Passed 5
Section 169(1) Fail To Yield To Transit Bus 5
Section 183(2)(d) Ride Cycle Abreast Of Another Person Operating Cycle 5
Section 189(1)(g) Park Near Traffic Control Device 5
Section 194(2)(a) Improperly Seated Passenger On Motorcycle 5
Section 194(4)(b) Permit Passenger Under 16 To Ride Without Required Helmet 5
Section 195(2) Obstruct Driver 5
Section 206(3) Transport Explosives With Less Than 2 Extinguishers 5
Section 21(7)(a) Fail To Register Motor Vehicle After Period Of Exemption 5
Section 37(1) Employ Unlicenced Driver 5
Section 121 Drive Maintence/Construction Vehicle With No Regards Safety 4
Section 128(2)(a) Yellow Light-No Intersection 4
Section 130(1)(a) Fail To Yield/Disobey Green Arrow 4
Section 131(3)(a) Yellow Flashing Light At Intersection 4
Section 143 Driver Over Newly Painted Lines 4
Section 153(2) Drive/Operate/Stand/Park Motor Veh In Designated Use Lane 4
Section 154(1) Fail To Keep Right When Meeting On Coming Vehicle 4
Section 172(2) No Proper Signalling Equipment For Right Hand Drive Vehicle 4
Section 183(17) Cyclist Fails To Use Hand Signals 4
Section 21(7)(a)(ii) Fail To Register Out Of Province Mv After 30 Days 4
Section 45(4) Fail To Produce Consent To Officer Demo Licence 4
Section 131(4)(a) Yellow Flashing Light - No Intersection 3
Section 131(5)(a) Fail To Yield At Green Flashing Light 3
Section 135 Unauthorized Person Not Erect/Maintain Traffic Control Devic 3
Section 170(3) Fail To Signal Stop Or Decrease In Speed 3
Section 171(2) Drive Vehicle Without Signal Device 3
Section 183(2)(g) Carry More Passengers Then Designed/Equipped For 3
Section 183(9)(a) Cyclist - Fail To Remain At Accident 3
Section 183(9)(c) Cyclist - Fail To Supply Particulars 3
Section 185(6) Fail To Proceed With Caution To Avoid Collision With Train 3
Section 189(1)(h) Park By Exit 3
Section 194(2)(b) Motorcycle Passenger Not Lawfully Seated 3
Section 194(4)(a) Permit Passenger Under 16 To Be Unlawfully Seated 3
Section 47(2) Operate Vehicle Without Pollution Control Device 3
Section 168(b)(i) Unsafe/Prohibited U-Turn On A Curve 2
Section 183(1) Cyclist Has Same Duties As Vehicle 2
Section 183(2)(h) Cycle On Highway Where Signs Prohibit 2
Section 185(1)(b) Fail To Stop At Rr Crossing For Gate Or Flagger 2
Section 189(1)(f) Park Near Crosswalk 2
Section 189(1)(m) Park On Bridge Or In Tunnel 2
Section 189(1)(o) Park-Obstruct Visibilty Of Traffic Sign 2
Section 194(1) Operate Motorcycle Not On Seat 2
Section 194(2)(c) Fail To Use Foot Pegs Or Floorboards 2
Section 194(9) Obstruct A Peace Officer 2
Section 204(3) Deposit Rocks Or Dirt On Highway 2
Section 44(1) Misuse Of Repair Plate 2
Section 100(1) Failing To Stop For Peace Officer 1
Section 128(1)(c) Pedestrian/Right Of Way Over All Vehicles/Yellow Light 1
Section 128(2)(a) Yellow Light - No Intersection 1
Section 128(2)(b) Pedestrian Disobey Traffic Control Device 1
Section 143 Drive Over Newly Painted Lines 1
Section 16(1) Fail To Apply For A New Vehicle Identification Number 1
Section 182(11) Underage Person Operating Motor Assisted Cycle On A Highway 1
Section 185(1)(c) Fail To Stop For Train That Is Within 500 Metres 1
Section 185(4)(e) Commercial Vehicle No Stop At Railway 1
Section 189(11) Park Near Railway Crossing 1
Section 196 Improper Operation Of Vehicle - Canyon/Defile/Mountain Road 1
Section 203(2) Leave Door Open/Side Moving Traffic Longer Than Necessary 1
Section 21(2)(b) Fail To Register Vehicle Within 30 Days 1
Section 212(1) Operators Duty Fail To Provide Information 1
Section 224 Driving With More Than 80 Milligrams Of Alcohol In Blood 1
Section 45 Operation Of Demonstration Car Without Written Consent 1
Section 45(2) Fail To Write Date And Time On Authorization 1
Section 45(3) Misuse Of Demonstration Place 1
Section 69(1)(a)(v) Make A False Statement In A Report Of An Accident 1
Section 73(3) Fail To Stop For Police/State Name And Address 1
Section 74(1)(b) Deface Or Alter Plates 1
Section 83(2) Liability Of Owner For Contravention Of Act 1
Grand Total 444,050


Type of Violation Number Percent of Total
Speed Related Charges 163,213 36.76
Use of Electronic Device Related Charges 44,620 10.05
Restraint Related Charges (Occupant Aged 6 or Older) 26,737 6.02
Motorcycle Specific Charges 182 0.04
Cyclist Specific Charges 3,458 0.78
Pedestrian Specific Charges 386 0.09


Rounding was applied to the data by ICBC which also warns that the data was provided for general information only and should not be viewed as a formally validated report.


Thanks to you and ICBC!

Good to see them coming out with the latest statistical information on traffic tickets in BC.

No major variations noted so far, but I think this is new:

Section 215.43(2)(a) 90 Day Fail Immediate Roadside Prohibition 9,200

Surprisingly, tickets for cell phone use have dropped a bit. Subjectively observed, it's a habit that doesn't seem to be decreasing.

You're Welcome!

I asked them not to round the numbers, but I guess I should be happy that they gave me what they did free for the asking.

I didn't include the impaired driving sections last year thinking that they really weren't tickets but decided to just sort and show the list this year.


Are tickets making a difference? Is there enough follow up to ever get to the goal of zero. Should British Columbians be satistied with fatality rates higher than the Canadian average and consistently higher than Ontario?

Should not getting there accident free be more important than geting there faster?.

Don't want a ticket-follow BC road laws.It's apparent that far too many don't.Many thousands of BC drivers don't get it on road safety-they get tickets.

BC is one of the best places on earth - this doesn't mean the BC Government should not do better on road safety.

Speed related charges

I get a much higher number than you got, just the first 2 add up to more than your total of 122,713, they add up to 126,000 alone.

I added up 146(3), 146(1), 146(7), 148(1), 147(1), 147(2), 146(5) 144(1)(c) and get 163,200 which is 36.75% of the speed related charges, or am I missing somthing? I had to ask.

I'll Check.

Goodness knows, maybe my calculator was broken yesterday....


Easy enough to hit a wrong button part way through as well, thought it might be me as well :-)

Missed Some Zeros

I somehow managed to add 4500 instead of 45000. Funny how "nothing" can make a difference.

That's Hilarious

Yes it is amazing nothing can add so much, I see you did add 146(11) & 157(2)(b) as well.

One of Two

146(11) yes, and after some thought, decided not to include increase speed while being passed 157(2)(b). It's negligible.


As I mentioned recently in another thread, few tickets are written for this.

But that's disappointing, as this is very aggressive behaviour, to my mind.

They sure do write up an awful lot of tickets for speeding offences, eh?


number of tickets is way too low to change behavior

Lots ot tickets? Consider if the Malahat IRU Speed campaign was conducted daily, 24 hours a day for a year, there would be over 100,000 tickets for speeding, instead of a few hundred on non routine blitzes.Numbers  that continue to disappoint traffic police, but are reality on our roads.

Who will take responsiblity for the next fatal accident on the Malahat? Some of the victims are completely innocent ,following rules of the road. It could be you, me, family or friends.

What is required to significantly lower the fatltity and serious injury rate on BC roads is leadership from the BC Government .Why should British Columbians expect to die on BC roads at at  a higher rate than the Canadian average and twice the rate of  Ontario?

Ah yes, good call.

That is possible they may not have been speeding. It's amazing how bad drivers somehow put the blame on drivers slightly under the speed limit on windy sections of a hwy and then speed up those few kms/hr when it straightens out, many bad drivers actually state that FORCES them to speed to get by when nothing could be farther from the truth, they even claim it's aggressive behavior when in fact the impatient speeder is the aggressive driver.

Of course if the slower driver is well under the limit and creates a string of traffic they should remain slow when reaching the passing lane to allow vehicles to pass and I'm assuming that's some of the few that indeed got the tickets for 157(2)(b), but many bad poor attitude drivers think that if your not dead on the speed limit or higher your driving to slow, many even believe you should drive 10 km/hr over because you probably won't get a ticket, and after all they see the maximum posted speed as a suggestion rather than the law, but even if the slower driver does speed up so you can't pass legally you should just relax and enjoy the drive anyways, turning dangerous just to get by is not worth risking lives just to save a few minutes.

It's amazing what a lack of proper driving knowledge will do to bad drivers attitudes, blaming the law abiding drivers for their impatience and the whole time actually thinking they are the good drivers, I know as I was a teenager once as well, but some drivers just never grow up or learn.

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