It's going to be way more difficult to contest those traffic tickets. 

On Feb.1, Traffic Court in Alberta will see a significant overhaul. Under Bill 21, passed in July 2020, those looking to fight a ticket will face a completely different system. 

If you wish to dispute a ticket, you must do so within seven days of receiving the notice and you'll need to pay a non-refundable fee to have your 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. 

In an email statement, Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk explained the bill's aim is to address the backlog in the court system. 

"The expanded system is expected to manage nearly two million traffic tickets a year. These changes will free up nearly 1,700 days of court time and also eliminate thousands of in-person appearances by Albertans, providing significant savings while freeing up resources to address more serious criminal cases," wrote Armstrong-Homeniuk. 

"I think people would rather see our provincial prosecutors focus on more serious criminals." 

She also said, "nothing has been written in stone yet" regarding the new fee to have your case heard, which is reported as between $50-$150 depending on the fine, and that residents can expect to hear from Alberta Transportation regarding the changes in the coming days.