The B.C. government has launched a new website in an attempt to have residents better understand violation ticket disputes and resolve incidents in a more efficient manner, without always having to go to court.
The website, which can be found here, officially launched on Thursday and the government says it uses plain language and simple questions to guide users to relevant information and resources.
The site also provides details about how to pay and dispute tickets, how to request a fine reduction or time to pay and additional ticketing information.
“This new tool will consolidate existing information into one place, helping British Columbians to learn about and resolve their ticket issues without always having to go to court,” said David Eby, Attorney General.
Information will be available on the platform regarding provincial violation tickets, including tickets related to the Motor Vehicle Act such as speeding or red-light violations and driving without insurance.
British Columbians will also find information about tickets issued for offences under municipal or federal laws. This includes details on operating without a business licence or fishing without a licence.
“The Provincial Court welcomes this new online resource for people to obtain information about their traffic and other violation tickets and the steps they can take to deal with them,” said Melissa Gillespie, chief judge of the Provincial Court. “Our website metrics show there’s a high interest in this information, and the ‘guided pathways’ in this tool will help people find specific information about their type of ticket quickly and easily.”
As far as disputing goes, individuals will still have to do so either by mail or in person.
The website also addresses some common points that are often brought up in the dispute process, highlighting that minor errors, such as misspelled words, may not be grounds for dismissing a ticket.
The B.C. government says more than 500,000 violation tickets are issued each year with approximately 80,000 ticket disputes scheduled for hearing at the B.C. Provincial Court.
The new online hub can be found by visiting https://tickets.gov.bc.ca