I live in Ontario but I am in British Columbia temporarily for work and am driving a rental car. I was issued a $135 speeding ticket for going 84 km/h at a 50 km/h zone. Can this offence and the demerits be added to my Ontario driving record? — Cheryl
If you had been caught speeding in any other state or territory, you would be receiving demerits in your Ontario licence.
But what happens in British Columbia, remains in British Columbia.
“B.C. offences by out-of-province drivers aren’t shared with other authorities,” Lindsay Olsen, spokeswoman for Insurance Corp. of British Columbia, said in an email.
The Canadian Driver Licence Compact (CDLC) is a 1990 agreement to discuss driving records between the states and territories.
Everybody signed it except B.C., Quebec and Nunavut.
In British Columbia, that means out-of-province drivers won’t have B.C. tickets added to their driving records — and vice versa. “If a B.C. driver were to be given a violation ticket — for instance, a speeding ticket — out of our state, it wouldn’t be added to their driving record in B.C.,” Olsen said.
The exception? Criminal Code convictions, for example , appear on all provincial and territorial driving documents “… therefore it could be added to a driver’s record in B.C., regardless of where in Canada the offence happened,” Olsen said.
Share and share alike?
But in most other state, offences away from home will get added to a driving record, the same like they had happened at home.
By way of instance, if you reside in Ontario and get a speeding ticket in Saskatchewan, you would find the equivalent number of added to your licence. And the opposite is true.
“Saskatchewan belongs to [the CDLC] in which the guiding principle is one driver, 1 driver’s licence and one driver record,” stated Tyler McMurchy, spokesman for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, in an email. “This agreement furthers highway safety by treating similar convictions and administrative sanctions that happened in 1 province like they had happened in the driver’s home state”
That includes demerits. Demerits are strikes against your driving record — if you , your license will be suspended. The rules for how out-of-province demerits are implemented vary by state.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation , just — such as speeding, failure to obey a stop sign or signal, and failure to stop for a school bus — will get added to a Ontario licence.
But that does not mean an Ontario driver’s record will remain unscathed if they are caught speeding in Quebec.
Quebec and Ontario have their own reciprocal record-sharing , meaning all offences — and demerits — will be shared between the two provinces.
Exterior of the CDLC, some states have their own agreements with American nations. Ontario has agreements with New York and Michigan, while has arrangements with Maine and New York.
If you don’t cover
And if you do not cover your out-of-province speeding ticket?
It varies. In British Columbia, the state can find a collection agency to go after out-of-province drivers to the outstanding fine, Olsen said.
Provinces also have the capacity to experience the Canada Revenue Agency and choose the sum due from GST rebates and income tax refunds, McMurchy said.
Even if driving documents are shared between authorities, your home province can not keep you from renewing your driver’s license or registration for an outstanding ticket from another state, how it would for an at home. Bu if you return to a province in which you have outstanding tickets, you might get pulled over.
“In Ontario, MTO doesn’t have the ability to force the driver to cover an out-of-province ticket,” said Brian Smiley, spokesman for Manitoba Public Insurance. “If the driver returns to Manitoba, Manitoba doesn’t have the authority to suspend the out-of-province driver — but the driver could be arrested by authorities.”
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Courtesy: The Globe And Mail