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 Tickets

In Toronto, the penalties for speeding are based on how much you exceed the speed limit. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the typical consequences:

  • Demerit points:
    • 0-15 km/h over does not attract demerit points;
    • 16-29 km/h over the limit results in 3 demerit points;
    • 30-49 km/h over the limit results in 4 demerit points;
    • 50 km/h or more over the limit results in 6 demerit points and is classified as stunt driving, which carries more severe penalties.
  • Fines: The speeding fines depend on how many km/h you are over the speed limit (+ court fee & victim fine surcharge to be added):
    • $2.50 per km/h over the limit for speeding 1-19 km/h over the limit;
    • $3.75 per km/h over the limit for speeding 20-29 km/h over the limit;
    • $6.00 per km/h over the limit for speeding 30-49 km/h over the limit;
    • Fines for 50 km/h+ start at $9.75 per km/h over the limit, but there is no out-of-court settlement.
  • Licence suspension:
    • 1-29 km/h over the limit: no licence suspension;
    • 30-50 km/h+ over the limit: 30-day licence suspension for G1 & G2 drivers;
  • A conviction for speeding will stay on your driving record forever, but it will be visible to your insurance for three years.
  • Increased insurance rates:
    • Possible increase in car insurance premiums for offences involving 0 to 3 demerit points, lasting up to 3 years.
    • Accumulating 3 or more points can result in a 100% increase in insurance premiums, with the duration potentially extending beyond 3 years, depending on the insurer. Such speeding is regarded as a major violation and an absolute liability offence.

Things to Know About Speeding Tickets, Toronto:

  • 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 the posted speed limit in a ‘Community Safety Zone’, the officer will issue a Part III summons to appear in court.

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.

Toronto Speeding Fines 2024 & Demerit Points

We’ve summarised for you the information about speeding fines and demerit points depending on how fast you were driving over the speed limit. Here is up-to-date information (as of 1 January, 2024) from the Highway Traffic Act, Schedule 43:

Over speed limitFine amount
(per km/h)
Demerit points
1-15 km/h$2.500 demerit points
16-19 km/h$2.503 demerit points
20-29 km/h$3.753 demerit points
30-49 km/h$6.004 demerit points
50+ km/hno out of court settlement6 demerit points

Important: accumulating demerit points can lead to additional penalties, such as licence suspensions or increased insurance premiums.

Speed Ticket Toronto Fines 2024 & Demerit Points – Community Safety Zone

In Ontario, speeding fines are increased when speeding occurs in a designated Community Safety Zone. Demerit points are the same as regular speeding. Here are the breakdown of the fines:

Over speed limitFine amount
(per km/h)
Demerit points
1-15 km/h$5.000 demerit points
16-19 km/h$5.003 demerit points
20-29 km/h$7.503 demerit points
30-49 km/h$12.004 demerit points
50+ km/hno out of court settlement6 demerit points

The fines for speeding in a Community Safety Zone are higher than regular ones because they are designated to emphasize the importance of maintaining a safe speed in areas where pedestrian safety is a top priority. Community Safety Zones are typically designated in areas near schools, parks, and other locations with high pedestrian activity.

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. 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 to dispute speeding ticket in Toronto:

  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;
  • conviction for a Toronto speeding ticket will remain on your driving record forever;
  • you’ll pay the 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 dispute speeding ticket in Toronto alone, you need to do the following:

  1. File a traffic ticket with a court.
  2. You can receive a date with a prosecutor (called the early resolution option) to discuss reducing your speeding ticket to a lower speed, resulting in fewer 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 from what the officer suggests.
  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 dispute your traffic ticket might be an investment that will be repaid hundredfold in the future (both time and money). 

X-COPS provides legal services for many years in Toronto. 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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    👉What to do if you get a speeding ticket in Toronto?

    If you receive a speeding ticket in Toronto consider your options:
    - Pay the fine: This means accepting guilt and may lead to demerit points and insurance rate increases.
    - Request a trial: Contest the ticket and present your case before a judge.

    Remember, time is crucial, so act promptly. Seeking professional legal assistance can greatly improve your chances of success in fighting the speeding ticket.

    👉How many points is 20 over the speed limit in Ontario?

    3 demerit points

    👉How long does a speeding ticket stay on your record in Toronto?

    In Toronto, as well as in the rest of Ontario, a speeding ticket generally stays on your driving record for three years from the date of conviction. This means that the violation will be visible to insurance companies and can potentially impact your insurance rates for that period.

    It's important to note that the three-year duration starts from the date of conviction, not from the date the offense was committed or the ticket was issued. Therefore, if you contest the ticket and it takes some time for the case to be resolved, the three-year period would begin from the date of the final conviction.

    👉How much is the fine for speeding in Toronto?

    In Toronto, the fines for speeding are calculated based on how much you exceed the speed limit. Here's the breakdown of the base rates (excluding additional court fees and victim fine surcharges):
    - 1-19 km/h over the limit: $2.50 per km/h
    - 20-29 km/h over the limit: $3.75 per km/h
    - 30-49 km/h over the limit: $6.00 per km/h
    - 50 km/h or more over the limit: Starts at $9.75 per km/h

    Remember, the total amount you pay will be higher once court fees and victim fine surcharges are added to these base fines.

    👉Is it worth fighting a speeding ticket in Toronto?

    Every ticket is worth fighting. The penalties for speeding can reach up to $1,000, and your insurance rates will likely increase for three years or more. In our opinion, it's definitely worth it to dispute the ticket!

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