Electronic Ticketing Legislation Introduced

The provincial government has introduced amendments to the Offence Act that will pave the way for electronic roadside ticketing (eTicketing) in British Columbia. The Province expects no local government will incur a negative fiscal impact in any fiscal year as a result of this policy shift.

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth officially announced the proposed legislation on October 25, 2017. It includes changes to potentially reduce issues and inefficiencies, such as lengthy roadside stops, administrative burden, process errors and a lack of real time data.

The electronic ticketing process involves officers being issued new software for their mobile terminals that automatically calculates fines based on parameters entered (e.g. speed). Police officers may then physically issue tickets by printing them with mobile thermal printers that will be installed in their vehicles. This process will eliminate data entry errors and improve the speed of ticket processing. Individuals will now be able to pay their electronic tickets online.

Next spring, a number of police agencies throughout BC will test electronic ticketing devices and processes on a pilot basis. The Province has confirmed with UBCM that it will be funding all electronic roadside ticketing implementation costs (hardware, software and training). The pilot project will inform a future decision on the province-wide rollout of eTicketing.

Based on a provincial government estimate, traffic fine revenue is expected to increase by 15% over the first 10 years once this initiative is implemented. In 2016, the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing grant program provided $54.9 million in support to local governments that have a direct responsibility for policing in their communities.

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