Traffic Tickets and Highway Traffic Act (HTA) Offences
The Ticket Clinic is a division of Aitken Robertson Professional Corporation that is dedicated strictly to fighting provincial offences as governed by the Provincial Offences Act in Ontario.
What is the Highway Traffic Act?
As its name suggests, the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) is the statute that sets out the rules for operating motor vehicles and other conveyances on Ontario highways. Driving is a privilege, and the HTA defines who is allowed to drive and in what vehicles, when and where they are allowed to drive, and what constitutes a driving offence (what will get you a ticket).
What if I was not driving on a highway?
As defined by the HTA, any road that is used by the general public for the passage of vehicles is a highway. This includes streets, squares, cul-de-sacs, bridges, backroads, and even some privately owned roadways. The name can be misleading because many people associate a highway with faster moving roads between municipalities.
What should I do if charged under the HTA?
We go into great detail about various specific HTA charges here. As they can be serious consequences for HTA convictions, looking into your options for defence is always a smart place to start. Contact a professional HTA representative to consult on the matter.
What are the chances of beating my HTA charge?
Obviously this is a question we get a lot. It very much depends on what charge you are facing, and the evidence the prosecutor has to try to convict you. The more serious the charge (like stunt driving, for example), the more the prosecutor will generally take a hard line in dealing with the matter. The court however has the duty to grant the benefit of the doubt to the accused if the prosecutor cannot make their burden of proof. So the answer is, it depends!
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