If you were once a precocious teenager in British Columbia who was once fined for sneaking onto the SkyTrain, you could be refused your next driver’s licence renewal.
A B.C. crackdown has left nearly 40,000 possible facing possible licence refusals due to sins of the past, including at least one woman whose transgressions date back to childhood.
The issue relates to an agreement the TransLink transit agency came to with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia in 2012, which essentially gave the Crown-owned insurance group the right to refuse to issue driver's licences over unpaid transit fines.
That deal essentially expanded a "motor vehicle indebtedness" program, which gave ICBC the same right for missed Autoplan payments or unpaid speeding tickets.
Earlier this month, CBC News reported that some 14,000 B.C. residents face refused licence renewals over unpaid tolls from the Golden Ears Bridge. One woman, for example, had racked up more than $5,000 in unpaid fines.
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