Consultations underway about potential changes

Edmonton: The Alberta government is considering changing the way traffic tickets are handled to make them easier to pay while making sure they can still be challenged. Importantly, these changes are also being looked at in light of how much court time and other resources they use. A lot of court time and resources are used to address traffic ticket disputes. In 2012-13 alone, more than two million tickets were issued in Alberta. Of these tickets, roughly 57 per cent were not paid by their due date, which then required an appearance in Alberta’s Provincial Court. Consultations about these potential changes are underway. Legal and community interest groups have also been invited to participate in the consultations.