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B.C. truckers may soon fight tickets via telephone

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Truckers in B.C. may soon have the ability to fight traffic offences in court without actually s...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — Truckers in B.C. may soon have the ability to fight traffic offences in court without actually showing up.

The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has been lobbying the Attorney General in that province to consider the use of video-conferencing so truckers can appeal fines from whatever city they happen to be in at the time.

The courts currently allow police officers to provide evidence via certificate rather than in person and the BCTA has asked for the same flexibility for truckers.

The Attorney General responded to the BCTA by saying "given my Ministry’s commitment to the efficient use of technology in our court system, I am prepared to consider amendments to the Offence Act to permit a disputant to appear by telephone or video conference."

The Offence Act is also being rewritten to eliminate complicated rules of evidence making it easier to dispute tickets.


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