Majority of Canadians open to speeding ticket fines based on income: poll

Canadians are open to ‘progressive punishment’ system for drivers. (Courtesy: Unsplash/ Daniel Novykov)


Almost two thirds of Canadians are open to speeding fines set in consideration with the offending driver’s disposable income and the speed at which they were driving, a new study says. 

This concept is known as “progressive punishment” and according to a Research Co. study published on Friday, Canadians are behind it. 

Finland has implemented systems to penalize drivers who exceed speeding limits and fines are determined by the driver’s disposable income and how much they went over the limit.   

Sixty-five per cent of Canadians support a similar “progressive punishment” system for speeding tickets, while 24 per cent are opposed and 11 per cent are undecided.

In Ontario, 63 per cent of surveyors are in favour of progressive punishment while in both British Columbia and Quebec, 69 per cent are in support of new motorist systems.

For Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 62 per cent support advanced speeding fines, 60 per cent in Atlantic Canada, and 59 per cent in Alberta. 

“Canadians in the highest income bracket are decidedly more dissatisfied with the concept of progressive punishment for speeding tickets,” Mario Canseco, president of Research Co., said in a news statement. “Opposition to this course of action among Canadians who live in households earning more than $100,000 a year reaches 34%, 10 points higher than the national average,” he continued.

This online study’s results were conducted from Mar. 18 to 20, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.



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