This week, the B.C. provincial government introduced legislation to bring electronic roadside ticketing to the province.
This basically means that officers can issue electronic tickets to lawbreakers on the road, which will eliminate data entry errors while information is sent to ICBC, court staff, and others.
Plus, e-Tickets will give drivers the option to pay their fines online, instead of just by phone, mail, or in person.
Legal changes before trying out the proposal
If this legislation is passed, there will be amendments made to the Offence Act in order to authorize new processes to implement these measures.
Numerous police agencies across B.C. hope to roll out a pilot program next Spring in order to test the new e-Ticketing devices.
“This new technology means safer roads for all British Columbians as it helps us to intervene more quickly with dangerous drivers by getting critical information entered into databases in real time,” says Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. ”
Modernizing this process allows police to spend less time on the roadside writing tickets, and allows drivers to pay their bills more conveniently.”