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Old Jul 31st 2017, 5:17 am
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Hi,

not sure if this is indeed the correct forum, however, currently a PR and about to apply for citizenship, however just received 2 x driving tickets.
one for failure to surrender insurance (compulsory automobile insurance act)(insured but didn't have documents to hand) and also driving in a bus lane (city bylaw offence) - pulled out to overtake truck turning left, and was stopped by police as part of a clampdown (!)

question is, is it worth fighting these with the prosecutor (as advised on other forums) in order to attempt to void the ticket - or simply pay and carry on.

i.e. do these tickets affect anything when it comes to citizenship application - "do you have any criminal convictions y/n" sort of thing.

any thoughts on this most welcome.

thanks.
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Old Jul 31st 2017, 5:27 am
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Originally Posted by fg123
Hi,

not sure if this is indeed the correct forum, however, currently a PR and about to apply for citizenship, however just received 2 x driving tickets.
one for failure to surrender insurance (compulsory automobile insurance act)(insured but didn't have documents to hand) and also driving in a bus lane (city bylaw offence) - pulled out to overtake truck turning left, and was stopped by police as part of a clampdown (!)

question is, is it worth fighting these with the prosecutor (as advised on other forums) in order to attempt to void the ticket - or simply pay and carry on.

i.e. do these tickets affect anything when it comes to citizenship application - "do you have any criminal convictions y/n" sort of thing.

any thoughts on this most welcome.

thanks.
1. Your choice whether to fight or not. But if you couldn;t produce insurance and you were in the bus lane?
2. Not criminal code offences, therefor no impact on citizenship application.
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Old Jul 31st 2017, 7:29 am
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1. absolutely - however other forums seem to state that challenging these things can reduce/void the tickets.
2. thanks for the info!
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other forums seem to state that challenging these things can reduce/void the tickets.
If the officer who issued the ticket does not show up in court, the charges may be stayed, but not voided.

If the officer does turn up and you committed the offence as charged, how do you defend it? The officer may negotiate a reduced fine, the points, or they may not.

A ticket won't be cancelled unless there is a specific reason to do so, you would have to come up with the reason why the ticket should be cancelled. A judge may let the officer change the ticket in court if there is an error on the ticket, depends on the error.

If you have two tickets, they may not come up on the same day, unless two offences are on a single ticket. So it may be two days in court. An interesting exercise if you have nothing else to do.

I saw one defendant not deny the offence, but use a silly excuse, the judge did not like it and she still got dinged the full fine and, points, quite likely losing a half of work into the bargain.

It may work for you, it may not.
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Old Jul 31st 2017, 9:01 am
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indeed - to be fair, at the end of the day - yep in bus lane, and yep no insurance form available.
officer highly likely to turn up, as part of a clampdown in town - reports suggest they caught lots of drivers for similar things.
2 separate tickets - 2 days ay carumba..!
next question of course, does that flag me in the future?
insurance-wise 3 years, but is it on record for longer..?
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