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Old photo radar fines still being pursued

VICTORIA, B.C. -- Despite the fact photo radar was killed by the B.C. Liberals a year ago, drivers are still being...


VICTORIA, B.C. — Despite the fact photo radar was killed by the B.C. Liberals a year ago, drivers are still being issued old speeding tickets issued under the controversial program.

The Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) is pursuing more than $22 million in unpaid photo radar tickets from more than 170,000 drivers, but a B.C. lobby group is encouraging those drivers not to pay.

Some of the tickets date back more than five years, and according to lobbyist Ian Tootill, challenging those fines in court will undoubtedly result in the fines being thrown out.

"They are relying on the ignorance of people. They are trying to intimidate people into paying," Tootill tells local media.

B.C. law requires the government to serve notice of fines to violators within a reasonable time frame. Because most photo radar infractions took place more than 16 months ago, most drivers who take the time to challenge the tickets will have them thrown away in court.

Doing nothing when served with an old ticket, however, will pose problems the next time the driver tries to renew their registrations through ICBC.


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