Traffic / Bylaw

In Calgary, Traffic Court hears provincial offence matters including traffic violations under the Highway Traffic Act and municipal by-laws.

SLA may be able to provide assistance with the following offences:

  • driving an uninsured motor vehicle
  • failure to remain at the scene
  • speeding
  • failure to stop at red light
  • careless driving
  • driving while suspended
  • failure to produce insurance
  • suspended licence
  • unsafe lane change
  • disobey traffic sign
  • follow too closely and more
  • Fighting or loitering in public places
  • Pet related violations
  • Failure to produce valid fare

What happens?

The steps in each traffic matter may vary. For more information, please refer to the Alberta Justice brochure: Charged with a Crime: What you Need to Know. Below is a list of common steps when you are involved in a traffic violation:

  1. You are issued a traffic or bylaw ticket
  2. You request disclosure
  3. First appearance (enter a plea or adjourn if necessary)
  4. Enter a plea
    1. If you enter a plea of not guilty, a trial date will be set.
    2. If you wish to enter a plea of guilty, you may either pay the ticket amount or, in certain cases, a disposition date will be set.
  5. Trial (if you have pleaded not guilty)

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to be directed to to a list of common questions you might encounter when involved in a traffic violation.

Traffic and Bylaw Terminology and Phrases to get Familiar With:

Bylaw: The Municipal Government Act grants Council the power to pass bylaws. Bylaws are created as a way to address issues and concerns of the local community. They are created to protect the environment, public health, public safety, or to maintain an orderly appearance in your community and city.
Source: City of Calgary.

Conviction Set Aside: When you have an excuse for failing to dispute the charge or appear in person or by agent in Court at Trial you may, if no more than 15 days have passed since the conviction first came to your attention, appear before a justice with an affidavit stating your excuse and, if the justice is satisfied that, on a balance of probabilities, your excuse is reasonable, the justice shall set aside the conviction and give you a new notice of trial and proceed again.

Demerit Points
Demerit points are recorded against an operators licence:

  • When a total of eight or more but less than 15 points have accumulated, you are mailed a courtesy notice of point standing.
  • When an accumulation of 15 or more points occurs within a two-year period, your licence is automatically suspended for one month.
  • When the suspension is the second demerit suspension within one year, your licence is suspended for three months.
  • When the suspension is the third or more demerit suspension within two years, your licence is suspended for six months. In addition, you may be required to appear before the Alberta Transportation Safety Board.
  • There is no remedy or appeal against a demerit point suspension, unless it can be proven the demerit points were assigned in error. You may request to review your driving record on these grounds by making a written submission to the Driver Fitness and Monitoring Branch.
  • When a demerit point suspension has been served, the licence is reinstated with seven points. These points remain on your record until a period of two years from the assessed date has passed.
  • When two years have elapsed from the date of a conviction, the number of points assessed for that conviction are removed from your record. Remember, the date of conviction is the date that you actually pay your fine or are found guilty in absence, not the date that you received the fine.
  • If an approved defensive driving course has been successfully completed prior to accumulating 15 or more points, a maximum of three demerit points may be removed from a driving record once every two years.Source: Alberta Transportation
Disclosure: All the prosecutor’s evidence related to a case, such as witness statements and the police officer’s notes.
Driver’s abstract: Your driver abstract can show the last 3, 5 or 10 years of your driving history. It will show you licencing status as well as any infractions and demerit points. Source: Service Alberta
Traffic Safety Act and Regulations: In Alberta, the rules of the road are covered in the Traffic Safety Act and regulations under the Act dealing with cargo securement, commercial vehicles, inspections, bus safety rules of the road, driver training and driver examinations, vehicle equipment vehicle seizure, demerit points and log haul regulations.  Click here to view Traffic Safety Act from the Alberta Queen’s Printer. Source: Alberta Transportation
Transportation Safety Board: The Alberta Transportation Safety Board, which hears appeals of the Registrar’s decisions, is the final administrative authority for making operator licence determinations. The Board handles appeals of licence suspensions and vehicle seizures. Source: Alberta Transportation website