If you were worried about loosing your bike for a few days for speeding now it seems they may just keep your bike and sell it.
Another gem from the BC Civil Forfeiture Office 2008 Status Report: "We anticpate being able to invest even more funding in crime prevention and remediation activities by the end of the current fiscal year." The Forfeiture office is operating under civil law not criminal. WE SHOULD ALL BE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
The implications of a government agency now applying civil law to criminal actions is unacceptable. The issue is that the burden of proof is lower and the fines are now both unspecified and unlimited. Not to mention that today drivers are the target, tomorrow it could be anybody.
Again, the provincial government veers way offside. Now using civil law in place of criminal sanctions. This means it will be very expensive to defend yourself and it means that the burden of proof is much lower. Don't fool yourself, allow them to do this and they will simply keep lowering the bar. A BLATANT CASH GRAB...
"A Two Year Status Report, August 2008": "Fiscally, the Civil Forfeiture Office was challenged to become self-funding within 36 months of start-up. I am pleased to report that this goal was achieved 18 months ahead of schedule. Our office operates without any tax dollars and has exceeded all other targets set for the first two years of operations.
So what we have here is self funded government licensed thief's or what used to be know as privateers.
What worries me the most is how vague the legislation is:
The 2006 legislation, which states vehicles can be forfeited and sold if a civil court rules unlawful activity -- such as impaired driving or street racing -- could have caused severe injury or death.
It could be ruled that going 120 kph in a 110 zone could have caused severe injury or death.