The faster you go, the more you pay
If you’re caught speeding, you end up paying in a number of ways – and the cost increases the more you speed.
Driver risk premium
If you have one or more excessive speeding tickets, you pay a driver risk premium. It’s based on convictions over a three-year period. You pay the driver risk premium on top of your cost of insurance.
Ticket fines increase the further over the speed limit you drive. If you’re caught doing 20km/hr over the speed limit on a highway, you’ll be ticketed $138; do more than 40km/hr, and the ticket is $368. In a school, playground or construction zone, the fines range from $196 to $483. For more information see our full listing of fines and points for B.C. traffic offences.
Besides the violation ticket fine and driver risk premium, police can immediately impound your vehicle for seven days for those travelling 40 km or more over the posted speed limit. This could escalate to 30 or 60 days for repeat offenders. The owner is then required to pay the vehicle towing and storage fees to get their vehicle back.
Most vehicles operate most fuel efficiently when travelling between 50 and 80km/hr and when maintaining a consistent speed. When you increase your speed above this range or vary your speed too frequently, your fuel consumption goes up. So watch your speed and save on gas.