City should use collection agency over ICBC: Les
The minister of public safety and solicitor general is criticizing a proposal that would require ICBC to collect unpaid municipal fines when people go to renew their licences or car insurance.
"It would create a very significant burden for ICBC," said John Les, who highlighted the impracticality of the plan.
Civil city commissioner Geoff Plant’s proposal would target those with outstanding fines, such as unpaid parking and speeding tickets, but would also extend to non-road-related fines, such as fighting and walking a dog off-leash.
Plant says this is necessary, as the current system is not working.
"The threat that you won’t get your insurance renewed is a powerful incentive to pay your speeding tickets," said Plant.
Les said while he appreciates the city’s effort to collect fines, it would be better off using a collection agency.
"Using ICBC to accomplish that is not preferable, from our point of view," he said.
ICBC has argued that refusing drivers’ licences and insurance is a serious issue and that it is neither an enforcer of city bylaws nor a collection agency, but Plant calls this "nonsense."
"They already collect for spousal support and liquor licence violations," he said.
Plant adds that his proposal is just that — a proposal — and that it is intended to open a dialogue about what solutions would work.