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B.C. launches new online tool to dispute, resolve violation tickets

Using the province's new website could save you from having to go to court.
The B.C. government has launched a new online tool to help people better understand and resolve violation ticket disputes - possibly avoiding having to go to court.

The provincial government has announced a new way for British Columbians to better understand and resolve violation ticket disputes faster and without always having to go to court.

The new website outlines how the dispute process works, how to request a fine reduction and other ticket information. It covers Motor Vehicle Act violations and information on tickets issued for municipal or federal offences.

"We know that integrating technology into our justice system has significant benefits, making it easier and more efficient for people to interact with the courts," said David Eby, Attorney General.

"This new tool will consolidate existing information into one place, helping British Columbians to learn about and resolve their ticket issues without always having to go to court. It is another step forward as we work to update B.C.'s justice system to better support the needs of people."

The site won't necessarily allow people to resolve their disputes online, in fact it directs users to an information page that indicates disputes must still be sent in by mail or handled in person.

British Columbians will also find information about tickets issued for offences under municipal or federal laws, such as operating without a business licence or fishing without a licence.

According to the province, more than 500,000 violation tickets are issued each year locally. About 80,000 of those are disputed in provincial court.

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