Disputing Fines, Asking for Fine Reduction or Timeline Extension
I have recently received a driving ticket. Without getting into much detail, I’ll explain how the process of disputing the fine amount through ICBC goes.
How to dispute a fine in Vancouver? How to get a fine reduction with ICBC?
(Note: this is applicable to ICBC tickets only)
1. An officer gives you a ticket slip to sign (duh). By signing the ticket you are not acknowledging your fault, but the fact that you are getting a ticket.
2. If you think that you should not be paying the full amount of the ticket, you need to file a notice of dispute (PTR021) and a violation ticket statement and written reasons (PTR022) form, which are also available at any court registry. Completing this form means you are pleading guilty to the charge(s) and disputing the amount of the fine and/or requesting additional time to pay your fine.
The process for disputing the amount of the fine and/or requesting more time to pay the fine are the same. After The Justice considers the application, you will be notified of the results by mail.
Note: The violation ticket statement and written reasons form must not contain a defence of the charges. The notice of dispute must clearly indicate that you are pleading guilty to the charges. If either of these conditions is not met, the justice will not consider your request.
If you think that you are indeed not guilty, or should not be given a fine to begin with (guilty with explanation), you will have to file the dispute notice and go to court. You can dispute any traffic violation ticket within 30 days of receiving it if you feel it was unfairly issued or you have been charged the wrong amount. Usually, the wait time is really long (think: a year or so), so be prepared to hold the horses. If the officer who gave you a ticket does not show up, the case is dismissed and the charges are dropped. In the court, you will need to plead guilty, guilty with explanation or not guilty.