Understanding Traffic Fines in Ontario

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Understanding Traffic Fines in Ontario

Sometimes you cannot prove in court that you did not commit a traffic violation, therefore you have to pay a fine for your mistake.

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If you had a Representative, surely he or she would explain to you in detail the amount of the fine; but if you have decided to go solo it may become confusing if for instance the Justice of Peace imposed a fine of $60.00 on you and at the time to go to any Provincial Court to make the payment you end up paying a different amount.

When you take a closer look at your Traffic Ticket, you will see two amounts: one is the set fine and the other one is the total payable. Basically, every fine becomes a “three in one” fine, as explained below:

  1. Fine specified by the Court – $60.00
  2. Victim Fine Surcharge, Ontario Regulation 161/00 – $15.00
  3. Court Costs $5.00

Total: $80.00

What exactly is a Victim Fine Surcharge?

This charge is added to every fine imposed under the Provincial Offences Act and it is accredited to a special fund in order to assist victims of Crime, and is calculated according to the table detailed below:

If the fine is between pay the surcharge below
$ 0- $ 50 $ 10
$ 51- $ 75 $ 15
$ 76- $ 100 $ 20
$ 101- $ 150 $ 25
$ 151- $ 200 $ 35
$ 201- $ 250 $ 50
$ 251- $ 300 $ 60
$ 301- $ 350 $ 75
$ 351- $ 400 $ 85
$ 401- $ 450 $ 95
$ 450- $ 500 $ 110
$ 500- $ 1,000 $ 125
Over $ 1,000 25% of the actual fine

 

As a friendly reminder: after receiving a Traffic Ticket you have 15 days and three options:

    1. Pay the fine (by paying the fine you plead guilty and a conviction record will appear in your driver’s records that can result in increasing your auto insurance upon renewal)
    2. Visit a court office to plead guilty but ask to lower the amount of fine or increase the period of time to pay the fine.
    3. Request a trial. This is the best option because there is always a chance to lower the fine or demerit points, or even dismiss the charge.

Don’t ignore your traffic ticket and don’t pay it immediately – fight it! If you need professional help please contact CP Paralegal Services

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