What you should know
When you receive a ticket for speeding or some other driving offence under the BC Motor Vehicle Act, you typically get points on your driver’s record. You also get points for certain Criminal Code offences like impaired driving, criminal negligence, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident. Driver penalty points are like black marks on your driving record.
How many points you get
The number of points you get depends on the driving violation involved. Many driving violations result in two or three points. All speeding violations are three points. Distracted driving is four points. Driving while prohibited or suspended is 10 points.
You don’t get points for parking tickets and other minor violations of city bylaws.
Points are added to your record if you plead guilty to a driving offence or if a court convicts you of the offence. If you pay a traffic ticket, you’re admitting you are guilty.
If you don’t agree with a ticket, you must fight (or dispute) it. You have 30 days from the date of the ticket to dispute it. If you don’t do so, the offence and points are automatically added to your driving record. See our information on traffic tickets for more information on how to fight a traffic ticket.
Who can help
This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed in June 2020
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