Forget disputing that traffic ticket in court.
The B.C. government is moving the dispute system for traffic violations from the courthouse to a tribunal.
Vancouver lawyer Paul Doroshenko says this makes fighting the ticket a lot harder.
“You get a ticket, and then you have to have a phone conversation with somebody who basically presses you to plead guilty,” he tells CKNW’s Simi Sara.
“If you still dispute it, then you have to go to the next level which is a hearing where you have to lay out all of you evidence, and then the police get to come back and says why they think you’re guilty, and then that tribunal will ultimately render a decision.”
Doroshenko says from that point if you’re guilty, you’re guilty. There is no option for appeal.
No details yet on when this new system will come into effect.