Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bad B.C. Drivers to Face Increased Penalties; Fines to Jump 20 per Cent Annually

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bad B.C. Drivers to Face Increased Penalties; Fines to Jump 20 per Cent Annually

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B.C. boosts penalties for high-risk drivers

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VICTORIA - Bad drivers in British Columbia have less than 24 hours to improve their habits or face increased penalties for speeding, impaired or distracted driving and other offences.

Attorney General David Eby says in a release that fines applied under the driver risk premium and driver penalty point premium will jump 20 per cent effective Nov. 1, and a further 20 per cent in November 2019.

The driver risk premium is assessed for behaviour such as excessive speeding or two or more distracted driving violations, while the penalty point premium applies to drivers who collect four or more points from traffic violations in a single year.

Both penalties are on top of any fines or other consequences linked to the initial infraction and must be paid before vehicle insurance or a driver's licence can be renewed. …

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