Move to eTicketing may 'save lives' in B.C.

By Greg Fry
October 25, 2017 - 2:37pm

KAMLOOPS — Changes are coming to the way British Columbians pay for their traffic fines.

Today (Oct. 25), the Province introduced legislation that would see it move to electronic ticketing (eTicketing). It says eTicketing would allow residents to pay their traffic fines more easily and allow police to track down bad drivers more easily.

"If passed, amendements to the Offence Act will authorize new processes that will more quickly flag dangerous drivers for additional, safety-related sanctions, up to and including licence suspension," says the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in a release. "In turn, these changes are expected to help prevent crashes and save lives."

Central to the change is a shift from paper to electronic tickets printed at the roadside. The Province says it will eliminate data entry errors and improve the speed of ticket processing. Currently, the data from tickets written by police at the roadside is entered up to four times by police, ICBC and court staff, and others magnifying the potential for error and increasing the likelihood a ticket will be challenged and overturned.

If the legislation passes, a pilot project will begin next spring by a number of police agencies throughout B.C.

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