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Types of Traffic Tickets in Ontario

Tickets and fines are handled by municipally-run courts. Common offences include can receive both moving and non-moving traffic violations

Published by Traffic Tickets Ontario on 17th June, 2021

The penalty or penalties you incur for driving infractions depend on the type of traffic ticket you receive. Typically there are three classifications: minor, major, and serious convictions, the latter includes criminal act.

Tickets and fines are handled by municipally-run courts and common offences include: Excessive noise, speeding, driving without a permit, disobeying traffic signs, parking infractions, not having proof of insurance, public intoxication, and trespassing.

For certain offences, including parking infractions, the Ontario Ministry of Transport could refuse to validate or issue your vehicle permit.

Any traffic ticket, including speeding tickets, will remain on your MTO driver's abstract for 3 years from the conviction date. No matter where you receive a speeding ticket in Canada, it will show up on your driving abstract as an out-of-province (OOP) speeding ticket.

Your abstract states the type of license you have, the date you were first licensed, your renewal date, and any tickets, convictions, suspensions, or reinstatements you've received over the last three years. Generally, in Ontario, there are three different types of speeding tickets that will be issued by a police officer. 

The most common type of speeding ticket known as a Part One Provincial Offence has a fine and associated points on it.  If you want to dispute this ticket you must appear in court. Contact your qualified legal professional to find out how.

The other two tickets have Summons to Appear in Court attached for which the driver must appear in court. The max fine is $12 per km over the speed limit.

While some tickets may not consist of demerit points. As a fully licensed driver, you can accumulate up to 15 demerit points before your driver's license is suspended. You don't 'lose' demerit points on your driving record. You start with zero points and gain points for being convicted of breaking certain traffic laws.

If you face distracted and careless driving fines, you could see 6 demerit points, fines of up to $2,000 and/or a jail term of six months, and up to two-year license suspension.

Demerit points stay on your record for two years from the date of the offence. Once the two years has passed, they are removed. You can also get demerit points for traffic convictions that occurred in other provinces and some states in the U.S., as Ontario has a reciprocal agreement with the state of Michigan and New York and other Canadian Provinces and Territories. 

Do not ignore your ticket respond or pay your fines within the stipulated time Let a legal expert help you with your traffic violations so you would not be fined and convicted. 

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