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ARE PENALTY POINTS ATTACHED TO PHOTO RADAR OR RED LIGHT TICKETS?At this time, penalty points attach only if a driver is nominated (and therefore identified). You do not get points for simply fighting a ticket.
Effective June 1, 1998, penalty point premiums have increased in cost from 10% to 60%.
Penalty point premiums are calculated on all offences added to your record during the twelve month period ending five months prior to the day of your birthday. It may also include offences committed during an earlier period which have now been added to your record. Points are used only once to calculate point premiums.
Convictions under certain Motor Vehicle Act, Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, and Criminal Code sections will also get you penalty points. Division 28 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations specifies the number of points assigned to each offence. Most offences get 2 or 3 points, some very serious/criminal offences get 6 or 10 points. All speeding offences are currently 3 points -- only photo radar tickets which are against a "nominated driver" get points, tickets against owners do not currently get points
The table below shows the marginal cost of each speeding ticket, including points. The marginal cost is the cost incurred by moving up one step. For example, if you had one ticket it would cost you $115 -- but the next ticket would effectively cost you $415 -- this is because at one ticket, you would not pay any penalty points, however, at two tickets you now must pay the second ticket ($115) plus $300 in penalty point premiums.
SENSE is informed that your penalty point bill will be reduced/refunded by 1/12 for each month that your driver's licence is surrendered. If you are living in another province and lawfully hold a licence there, this time will qualify. Contact ICBC's Customer Service at 661-2100 or 1-800-663-1466 for additional information.
SENSE believes that assessment of penalty point premiums should be based upon prior at-fault accidents. Drivers with no accidents would pay nothing, but drivers with many accidents would pay much more.
Actual annual penalty point revenue (approximate): $30 million.
Average ICBC penalty point revenue per ticket issued: $50.