The Highway Traffic Act (HTA) is an Ontario law which regulates the licensing of vehicles, classification of traffic offences, and administration of loads, classification of vehicles and other transport related issues. Jurisdiction over the Highway Traffic offences falls under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) and are defended before the Ontario Court of Justice (Provincial Court).
The POA is a provincial statute that sets out procedures for the prosecution of offences under other provincial statutes and regulations and municipal by-laws. Under a Memorandum of Understanding, municipalities are responsible for the administration of courts hearing POA matters and the prosecution of certain POA cases on behalf of the Attorney General.
Part I Offence Notice
- Results in a ticket and a set fine
- Up to a $500 fine
- Licence can be suspended if unpaid and will then become a Part III Offence
Part II Parking Infraction (Parking Ticket)
-Results in a ticket and a set fine
Part III Summons to Defendant
-Results in a summons to Court. These infractions are serious infractions and may involve jail and a fine with no fixed limit.