Ontario Exploring Simpler, Faster, Less Expensive Ways to Challenge Tickets
Ontario is exploring new and innovative ways to pay or challenge traffic tickets as well as other Provincial Offences Act (POA) charges.
Beginning today, the Ministry of the Attorney General is seeking public input on an easy-to-use online system for resolving some traffic disputes and other infractions.
Currently, fines from provincial statutes or municipal bylaw infractions are paid immediately or challenged in court -- a process that many court users find confusing and time-consuming. Through this consultation, Ontario will explore a simpler, faster and less expensive alternative to the current system.
Anyone who wishes to participate in the public consultation should read the consultation document and provide comments to the ministry by April 14, 2015.
Finding more innovative ways to deliver justice services is part of Ontario's strategy to build Better Justice Together, a commitment to work together with partners to make the justice system accessible for all Ontarians.
- Approximately 85 per cent of POA charges result from violations of the Highway Traffic Act and the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, such as speeding or not having a valid driver’s licence.
- Not including parking tickets, about 1.65 million POA charges were laid under provincial statutes and municipal bylaws last year.
- In 2014, the cost of having police officers appear in Toronto courts where Provincial Offences Act matters are heard was over $5.5 million.
- The new system would not handle serious offences that could lead to imprisonment, such as offences resulting in serious harm or death. Those matters would continue to be prosecuted in the Ontario Court of Justice.