Pitt Meadows to Introduce New Bylaw Ticket Process

March 7, 2006

PITT MEADOWS BC: - You may not be traveling to the provincial courthouse the next time you wish to dispute a Pitt Meadows parking ticket. Last night Pitt Meadows Council passed a resolution to establish a Bylaw Notice Dispute Adjudication System. This will streamline the system and avoid the expensive, time consuming process of disputing bylaw tickets through the court system.

Historically, the provincial court of B.C. has handled all disputed bylaw offences from parking and licensing violations to more serious infractions involving health and safety issues. Bylaw Enforcement and d Community Relations Officer, Lesley Elchuk in presenting the proposal to Council commented that "in addition to the direct cost involved, bylaw disputes have tied up court time and contributed to backlogs. A District Solicitor is needed to attend Provincial Court and often the costs incurred are far greater than the penalty levied."

Under the new system local municipalities would share the costs of the adjudicator appointed by the Deputy Attorney General and the hearings would rotate through the Council Chambers of the participating municipalities. "It is anticipated that Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows would share this system enabling minor bylaw matters to be dealt with locally" added Elchuk. Serious bylaw offences will still be dealt with in provincial court.

Pitt Meadows will be amongst one of the first municipalities to implement this service following behind the North Shore and Coquitlam. With the resolution, the District will now enter into discussions with the Provincial government to prepare the necessary bylaw, policies and operating procedures. It is anticipated that the new system will be operational later this year.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2006 #06-04
For further information, call
Lesley Elchuk , Bylaw Enforcement (604) 465-2445
www.pittmeadows.bc.ca