Summons to Appear for Speeding
A police officer can issue a speeding ticket under three (3) different types of traffic tickets, depending upon the situation.
Three (3) types of Speeding Tickets
Police officers in Ontario are given three options of types of tickets to issue to drivers:
- a ticket with a fine on it, Part One Provincial Offences Notice.
- a summons to appear in court, Part One Provincial Offence Summons.
- a summons to appear in court, Part Three Provincial Offence Summons.
Each type of ticket has rules or limitations that the officer can control by the type of ticket issued, and it is up to the officers discretion as to which type of ticket they issue.
Summons to Appear
The police can issue a summons to appear in court for when;
- the officer wants the driver to appear before a Judge.
- the speed is high or the situation is grievous
- there is no out of court settlement for the amount of the speed.
- the offence date happened more than 30 days earlier and procedurally the officer has to use the summons.
Differences in Types of Tickets
The difference between the tickets is in the amount of the penalty that the judge may give the driver in traffic court, including a drivers licence suspension.
Part One Offence Speeding Tickets
- most common type of speeding ticket.
- penalty is the fine listed on the ticket.
- must appear at the court and apply for a court date.
- may pay the ticket and not appear in court if they wish.
- has the demerit points associated to the speed.
Summons to Appear Part One
- has a court date on it
- must appear in court
- rarely given out by police officers
- maximum fine the judge can give is 500 dollars
- has the demerit points associated to the speed
- possible licence suspension for speeds over 50km/h
Summons to Appear Part Three
- maximum fine the judge can give is 12 dollars per kilometre over the limit
The purpose of this page is to provide information. Any person who is charged with an offence in Canada is permitted to have their day in court, to meet their accuser, to have a judge make a decision as to guilt or innocence and to fight their speeding ticket. If you are considering fighting your speeding ticket, we recommend that you seek legal advice that is readily available from the thousands of licensed paralegals in Ontario. Unfortunately, too many motorists don’t know their rights, and do not understand the insurance implications and penalties of a speeding ticket in Ontario. OntarioSpeeding.com recommends OTT Legal Services for fighting speeding tickets in Ontario.