Dozens of B.C. drivers, some who’ve waited years to hear their DUI appeals heard, are taking the province to court to have the bans thrown out.
Kyla Lee with Accumen Law says she’s filed about 50 petitions for drivers who’ve been left in limbo, only to be put at a disadvantage when their case is finally heard.
“The hearings with the superintendent of motor vehicles are not recorded. So there’s no permanent record of the submissions that are made at the hearing. And it results in a significant prejudice to people that the submissions they made and the record that was before the adjudicator was two and a half years, three years ago, is not something that they’re going to be able to recall.”
Lee says by law the cases should be heard in 21 days, but adjudicators have granted hundreds of illegal indefinite extensions.
The solicitor general’s office have provided a statement which says that while the Ministry can’t speak to court cases currently underway, the vast majority of reviews are completed within the 21 day time frame.
The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles is working diligently to clear the cases that are waiting to be reviewed. To that end, we have recently hired a number of new adjudicators, increasing the size of our team by 50 per cent. Over the next year, the full team of adjudicators will work to reduce the backlogged review files, and to help ensure the vast majority of cases continue to be heard within the 21-day time frame.