Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced the move on Wednesday, which will be accomplished by amending the Motor Vehicle Act.
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The change would allow ICBC to refuse to issue or renew a license due to unpaid fines associated with British Columbia’s Emergency Programs Act and the COVID-19 Related Measures Act.
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The province says the denials would apply to all unpaid fines and would be applied retroactively. People with an unpaid fine would receive a warning before their driver’s license expires and retain the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.
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The new application is expected to start on July 1.
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The move comes as the province struggles to recover fines imposed on people caught in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.
ICBC, which collects fines on behalf of the provincial government, has so far processed 1,679 tickets, amounting to $ 1.17 million – just $ 172,825, or 14% of that figure, has been paid .
In December, the province ordered ICBC to send the unpaid fines to collections as soon as their 30-day payment or challenge penalty ends.
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