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 – Offence Notice

Traffic tickets issued under part one of the Provincial Offences Act of Ontario.

  • 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
  • can pay the ticket and not appear in court if they wish
  • demerit points are associated to the speed

Part One Offence – Summons to Appear

  • 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

Part Three Offence – Summons to Appear

    • has a court date on it
    • driver or agent must appear in court
    • demerit points are associated to the speed
    • possible licence suspension for up to two (2) years
    • usually given for speeds over 50km/h or
      • offences in Community Safety Zones, and
      • stunt driving charges
  • maximum fine the judge can give is 12 dollars per kilometre over the limit