The majority of Canadians support a new model of issuing speeding tickets, which increases charges based on the offender’s income, according to a new survey.
The Research Co. survey released Friday shows 65% of Canadians support a “progressive punishment” approach to speeding tickets – increasing the fine based on each offender’s level of disposable income and how much the offender exceeded the speed limit.
The idea was least popular among families earning more than $100,000 annually. The families were 10% more likely than the national average (24%) to answer in opposition.
The majority of Canadians had similar ideas about parking tickets.
In the survey, 58% supported the same progressive punishment model for parking tickets, based on income and days the ticket was outstanding.
Support for a progressive speeding-ticket model was highest in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec, and lowest in Alberta.
The online survey of 1,000 Canadian adults was completed between Mar. 18th and Mar. 20th, 2023. It has an accuracy margin of within +/-3.1%, 19 times out of 20.