Most Canadians favor speeding tickets based on income: poll

A new survey by Research Co. Research shows that the majority of Canadians support attaching speeding fines to income, also known as “progressive penalties”.

According to the survey released on Friday, 65% of Canadians surveyed approve of implementing progressive penalties for speeding tickets in their city. In addition, 24% of respondents oppose the concept while 11% are undecided.

Progressive sanctions systems have been implemented in some European countries such as Finland and Switzerland. The authorities in Finland impose fines based on the violator’s disposable income and the speed at which the driver has exceeded the legal limit.

Analyzing data based on region, BC and Quebec residents were more likely to support progressive penalties for speeding tickets (69%) while 63% of people in Ontario supported the system.

Support for the proposal is lower in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (62%), Atlantic Canada (60%) and Alberta (59%).

Research Co’s President Mario Canseco. “The highest earners are certainly less satisfied with the concept of progressive penalties for speeding tickets,” said in a press release. Opposition to this practice among Canadians living in households earning more than $100,000 a year reached 34%, 10 points higher than the national average.

There have been discussions about implementing a progressive penalty system for traffic tickets in some cities, such as Saanich, BC, based on the offending driver’s disposable income and number of days not fine payment.

In addition to speeding fines, more than half of Canadians (58%) said they would support implementing a progressive punishment system for unpaid parking tickets issued by a city or town. their grant, while 31% opposed and 11% undecided.


The results are based on an online survey conducted between March 18 and March 20, 2023, of 1,000 Canadian adults. Data have been weighted according to Canadian census data by age, sex and region. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 out of 20 times.

Reporting for this story was paid for through the Meta-sponsored Afghan Journalists in Residence Project.

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