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Calgary Police Use Couriers To Deliver Speeding Tickets

A postal strike won't stop them from going out.

The Calgary Police Service has started using a courier to deliver speeding tickets.

The force said in an emailed statement Tuesday that it had stopped issuing tickets in June due to the risk of a potential Canada Post disruption.

Delayed tickets to be delivered

Now, police have obtained a court order to send those tickets out by courier while there is still a chance of a postal strike or lockout.

"As such, some members of the public will be getting summonses for offences that occurred up to two months ago," police said in the statement.

Calgary Police said it had stopped issuing tickets in June due to the risk of a potential Canada Post disruption. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

"The Service recognizes this is not ideal from an educational standpoint, however, there is still a requirement to issue the summonses. These can legally be issued up to six months after the traffic violation."

Cost concerns

Canada Post has been negotiating with unionized workers since late 2015 over issues including pensions and wages. The corporation has been teetering on the edge of a strike or lockout in the past few months.

The increased cost of using a courier has a taxpayer advocacy group concerned.

"I don’t know why there’s this urgent need, I think it would make a lot more sense for the Calgary Police Service to hold off and wait until the Canada Post threat is over," Paige MacPherson of The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation told 660 News.

Those who receive a ticket will still have the opportunity to challenge it, police noted in the statement.

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