Fines for speeding in Canada vary by province.
An example from now on: 10 km/h over the posted limit will cost $ 3500 in these Canadian provinces: Ontario,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba,Nunavut.
Fines are doubled in work zones, but in Alberta and Ontario this only applies if workers are actually present.
In Ontario, Prince Edward Island,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba,Nunavut speeders can face fines of up to $ 15 ,000 starting next week .
The highest fine ever levied against a speeder in Canada was given yesterday to a motorcyclist for going 264 km/h in Alberta.
The fine amounted to $ 12,000.
Paying a fine on a speeding ticket is an automatic plea of guilty to the speeding offence.
if the motorist pleads not guilty, a trial date is set and both, the motorist and the ticketing officer, are required to attend.
However, if the officer fails to show up for the hearing, the charge will be dismissed.
According to people involved in such cases, it is not unusual that the ticket officer fails to appear, meaning that it could be worth pleading not guilty and risking the court appearance.
In Canada , speeding tickets entail demerit points, for instance:
- 16 – 29 km/h over the limit = 3 points (minor infraction)
- 30 – 49 km/h over the limit = 4 points (major infraction)
The accumulation of six demerit points results in a warning letter.
At nine points, the driver is scheduled a mandatory interview, and if he fails to attend this meeting, his licence may be automatically suspended.