Drivers caught on camera

I have a question that I hope you will answer for me. If an intersection safety camera ticket is sent to the vehicle's owner, do they get penalty points on their licence? I found a web post that says you only get penalty points if you were caught by a cop. Is that true?

It appears that when red light cameras began to operate all the time, the ability of the vehicle owner to identify the driver was quietly removed by our government. As of Sept. 1, 2018, it is no longer possible for the owner to nominate the driver and leave them to deal with the ticket.

If the owner of the vehicle is served with an Intersection Safety Camera (ISC) violation for running a red light or speeding and they pay it or are found guilty of it, there are no points assessed.

Intersection Safety Camera Statistics 2021

Red light tickets Speeding tickets Speed cameras active Highest speeding ticket
Jan-March 13,242 10,242 35 181 km/h in a 60 zone
April-June 16,486 14,282 35 198 km/h in an 80 zone

Typical material to submit would include:

  • The owner must be satisfied that the driver will responsibly operate the vehicle and not break the law.
  • The owner must demonstrate to they made a "good faith" attempt to ensure compliance with the law.
  • The driver must have a good history of accidents, tickets, penalty points, warnings, etc.
  • A written policy forbidding speeding and red light running.
  • A written policy which reflects the seriousness of the offence of speeding and red light running.
  • The driver is aware that there are consequences for bad behaviour, typically a progressive structure: warning, written reprimand, loss of privilege/employment.
  • Drivers entrusted with a vehicle are forbidden from allowing anyone else to operate the vehicle.
  • The owner must establish that at the time of the offence, the driver was the operator of the vehicle.

This may be more difficult for the parent who allows their teen to use the vehicle or loans it to a visiting friend or family member.

You will find more information on intersection safety camera tickets on ICBC's website.

This story also appears on DriveSmartBC.

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About the Author

Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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