Consultations underway about potential changes
The Alberta government is considering changing the way traffic tickets are handled to make them easier to pay while making sure they can still be challenged. Importantly, these changes are also being looked at in light of how much court time and other resources they use.
A lot of court time and resources are used to address traffic ticket disputes. In 2012-13 alone, more than two million tickets were issued in Alberta. Of these tickets, roughly 57 per cent were not paid by their due date, which then required an appearance in Alberta’s Provincial Court.
This means there is less court time available for more serious and violent criminal cases, and is why we are exploring options for paying and challenging traffic tickets. We need to find a process that is fair, efficient and proportionate to the complexity and seriousness of the offence in dispute.
Consultations about these potential changes are underway. We are talking to stakeholders who are involved in giving, processing or accepting payment for traffic tickets. Legal and community interest groups have also been invited to participate in the consultations.
These consultations are aimed at finding a way to use our court resources as efficiently and effectively as possible. Regardless of the changes considered, Albertans will always have the right to challenge a traffic ticket.
This project is very much in its early stages. Please feel free to read the discussion guide being used at the stakeholder consultations and provide your feedback to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Consultations are ongoing until March 31, 2014.