Speeding Tickets

Speeding Ticket Toronto

Speeding is one of the most widespread problems across the City of Toronto, GTA and overall Ontario when it comes to driving violations.

According to the Highway Traffic Act, section 128, every person driving a vehicle, is required to comply with established speed limits and is not allowed to exceed them.

You can get a speeding ticket in Toronto if you’re travelling faster than (if there are no posted speed limit signs):

  • 50 km/h in municipal (cities, towns, villages) and built-up areas;
  • 80 km/h in any other areas.

At first glance, speeding ticket in Ontario might seem not like a serious offence, but in reality, the consequences can be really disappointing – up to $1,000 in fines, up to 6 demerit points and hugely inflated insurance rates.

Important: due to the recent stunt driving law changes (on 1 July 2021) there is a fine line between speeding and stunt driving charge. Please consider it.

Penalties for Toronto Speeding Ticket:

  • 0 – 6 demerit points;
  • Fine payable according to table victim fine surcharge to be added;
  • Conviction registered on your driving record for 3 years;
  • Possible increased insurance rates with 0 to 3 points for a duration of up to 3 years;
  • Definitely increased insurance rates with 3 or more points for the duration for up to 3 years or longer depending on your insurance company.


  • there are no 1 or 2 point speeding offences – only 0, 3, 4 and 6.
  • speeding 0 – 49 km/hr over the speed limit will be issued on Part I – Offence Notice, with an ‘out of court set fine’;
  • any speeds in a ‘Community Safety Zone’ will be dealt with in the same manner; however, the fines will double.
  • with speeds 50 km/h and 35 km/h over posted speed limit in a ‘Community Safety Zone’ the officer will issue a Part III summons to appear in court. Convictions resulting in 4 – 6 demerit points may result in having your driver’s licence suspended for 30 days.
  • speeding infraction of 50 km/h over the maximum-posted limit will dramatically affect your insurance rates by at least 100% per year. This is an absolute liability offence and is considered a major violation. 

When fighting Toronto speeding tickets it is imperative that you are familiar with the speed-measuring device used by a policeman at the time. In order to prove the alleged traffic ticket fine, the officer has to complete specific obligations before evidence is accepted as accurate. The equipment used may change depending on different police agencies.

Speed Ticket Toronto Fines 2021-2023 Set in Court at Trials

A fine will depend on how fast you were driving over the speed limit:

Over speed limitFine amount
(per km/h)
0 – 20 km/h$3.00
20 – 30 km/h$4.50
30 – 50 km/h$7.00
50+ km/h$9.75

Demerit Points Associated with Toronto Speeding Tickets

In addition to fines you may receive demerit points depending on km/h over the speed limit:

Over speed limitDemerit points
0 – 15 km/h0 demerit points
16 – 29 km/h3 demerit points
30 – 49 km/h4 demerit points
50+ km/h6 demerit points

It’s not the best idea to listen to your relatives or rookie paralegals “selling the best advice” about how to dispute speeding ticket in Toronto or how to beat a speeding ticket or something in this fashion. Because unfortunately, it’s not that easy, and in most cases, such advice will do you a disservice.

Generally, working with an experienced speeding ticket paralegal is the best practice for anyone interested in reducing risks of gettings maximum fines in court and saving their driver’s licence and driving record from additional demerit points.

Also, here are a few things to remember:

  • Every case is different. Hence, fighting your first speeding ticket in Toronto cannot be based on the process your friend’s speeding lawyer or paralegal used in the past to help them out. Well, the actual process is almost the same when it comes to administrative work to be done; however, utilizing the most suitable approach or tactic in each specific situation is exactly where the magic happens.
  • Speeding tickets belong to provincial offences and must be filed with the court within 15 days to request a meeting with a prosecutor or trial option.
  • A lot of people think that showing up to trial will result in automatic speed rate reduction which will ultimately reduce their demerit points, but often once police officer was requested to show up in Toronto traffic court, prosecutors must proceed with a trial process and fighting a speeding ticket can result in less than favourable results to you and your driving record.
  • Prior to your early meeting with a prosecutor, you should request or obtain police officer’s evidence that will be used in court to prove your guilt in committing a speeding offence. 

How to Fight Speeding Ticket in Toronto

There are 2 ways:

  1. Hire a Toronto speeding lawyer or licensed paralegal and they’ll fight the traffic ticket on your behalf.
  2. Dispute speeding ticket in Toronto court alone at trial.

Sometimes people decide just to plead guilty and forget about the traffic ticket. But pleading guilty is not advisable, because:

  • you’ll get demerit points;
  • ticket will remain on your on your driving record for 3 years;
  • you’ll pay full cost of the ticket;
  • your insurance company will increase your premiums.

As mentioned above, the best possible first step to fight traffic tickets is to get professional help on your side – speeding ticket lawyer Toronto or paralegal. Having a legal professional who understands the Toronto traffic court system will immensely increase your odds of getting a positive outcome compared to just going to court on your own.

But if you want to fight your Toronto speeding ticket alone, you need to do the following:

  1. File a traffic ticket with a court.
  2. Receive a date with a prosecutor (called early resolution option) to discuss a possible reduction of your speeding ticket to a lower reduced speed resulting in less or 0 demerit points.*
  3. Or schedule a trial date with the appropriate Toronto and area provincial offences court.
  4. Make a disclosure request and prepare for trial.
  5. Prepare to ask the police officer questions about relevant facts about your speeding ticket that would help you draw answers proving that events in your case might have been different than what police officer is suggesting.
  6. Show up at trial prepared to be questioned about every little fact from the day when you were caught speeding.

Keep in mind that in order to fight speeding ticket Toronto it takes at least 2-3 times to attend the court and for most people, it means taking time off from work.

Remember that courts have heard it all: “I was speeding because I needed to go to use the restroom and I had a sick stomach” or “I was helping to drive a sick friend to the hospital”.

When it comes to fighting a speeding ticket in Toronto which is an absolute liability offence there can only be two possible defences. But be prepared that the standard of proof for each of these excuses is very high. Here they are:

1 – “I believe my life was in danger and I was dialling 911 while being followed by a dark car through a dark alley”

2 – You were the only person who could have potentially saved a person’s life and there were no other alternatives but to break the law and speed to maximize their chances of survival. The importance of breaking the speeding law must have been far greater than the actual act of speeding because you helped to save another person’s life.

Hiring a speeding ticket lawyer in Toronto to fight your traffic ticket, might be an investment that will be repaid hundredfold in the future (both time and money). 

X-COPS Toronto provides legal services for many years. We employ only the best speeding ticket lawyers, licensed paralegals, former police officers and prosecutors that are now helping people fight traffic tickets of any complexity anywhere in GTA and throughout Ontario. Even if it’s your first case, don’t worry – we’ll help you with it. Call us for a free consultation!

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