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Fine idea, not fine: ICBC

A proposal to use ICBC as a tool to extract civic fines for parking tickets and other municipal violations may not get far.

The idea is among the recommendations of City of Vancouver civil city commissioner Geoff Plant, who wants to force ticket scofflaws to pay up by threatening to deny their car insurance or driver’s licence renewals.

But ICBC spokesman Doug Henderson said there are no plans to pursue the idea.

“We’re not interested in getting into the fine collection business on behalf of municipalities,” he said.

ICBC already collects fines for the province – mainly offences under the Motor Vehicle Act – and may threaten denial to get payment.

Plant argued the measure could dramatically boost fine compliance rates and should apply to a variety of infractions, including jaywalking, parking violations and excessive noise.

jnagel@surreyleader.com

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