LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is going to bat for drivers who are charged with traffic violations outside their home jurisdiction.
After their request to former Attorney General Graeme Bowbrick fell on deaf ears in November of last year, the BCTA will again try to find a solution and is appealing to new Attorney General Geoff Plant to help.
The BCTA has asked Plant to explore several options, including allowing the submission of affidavits (as permitted in Georgia), telephone conferences (as allowed in Ohio), participation without court appearances (as sometimes permitted in Missouri) or changing the venue to one nearest the driver’s home.
The BCTA points out that often the cost of fighting a ticket is more expensive than the ticket itself since truckers must travel to court in the city that issued the ticket and that usually also requires time off work.