Alberta is pumping the brakes on a proposed change to traffic court.
Traffic court in the province was due for a significant overhaul on Feb.1; however, that has now been paused while the government consults Albertans.
The new changes would see those looking to dispute a traffic ticket must do so within seven days of receiving the notice and pay a non-refundable fee to have their case heard.
Should you choose to dispute the fine, you'll need to present your case to an adjudicator, and there will not be an option to have the fine reduced.
The changes fall under Phase 2 of the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act and Justice Transformation Initiative, which aims to address the backlog in the court system.
In a joint statement released Wednesday (Jan.26) afternoon, transportation minister Rajan Sawhney, and acting minister of justice and solicitor general Sonya Savage, said the province would delay the new changes by up to 120 days.
"We have heard the concerns Albertans raised when a training document was reported on. It's important that people understand the training document did not reflect what the program is and what the benefits are for Albertans."
"However, we have clearly heard from Albertans who shared their thoughts with us on traffic safety in this province. That is why we are pausing the rollout of Phase 2."