Unpaid COVID-19 fines are piling up.
Over $352,000 in COVID-19 fines have been issued in British Columbia. 377 total fines have been issued under both provincial laws and the federal Quarantine Act.
By the end of January, only 12% were paid, according to ICBC, and 51% of the fines are being disputed.
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Normally a person who is ticketed or fined has 30 days to pay that off or dispute it. After that point, ICBC can send it for collections.
24% of the tickets issued were found to be “guilty” offences. Essentially this means it was past the 30-day due mark or the offender disputed it but didn’t show up to the scheduled court date.
The remaining fines include cancelled tickets, tickets that led to a guilty judgement, or are still in-progress (meaning not paid or not disputed).
Some believe those that were fined will not be paying any time soon…or ever.
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