Refunds possible for B.C. photo radar tickets

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VICTORIA, B.C. — Drivers who are being served with photo radar tickets in B.C. are eligible for a refund, according to B.C. Ombudsman, Howard Kushner.

B.C. scrapped photo radar in June, 2001, but the province has continued issuing tickets, well after the offences took place. Kushner says drivers who paid tickets that were issued more than 18 months after the offence should ask for a refund.

“Some people received their first notification of the alleged offences years after they occurred,” Kushner said. “There is a legal procedure that allows people to dispute a ticket through the courts after the ticket has been paid.”

Last fall the Attorney-General’s Ministry ordered the Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) to stop issuing outdated tickets because offenders were no longer able to have a hearing within a reasonable period of time.

To appeal a photo radar ticket, apply to the B.C. Supreme Court. To get a duplicate copy of a ticket, call ICBC at 800-950-1498.

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