SURREY — Bylaw officers may now ticket citizens found illegally cutting down protected trees within the city.
On Monday night, Surrey city council approved amendments to the city's Municipal Ticket Information (MTI) bylaw, allowing bylaw enforcement officers to write tickets offences against protected trees.
Under the MTI bylaw, officers are given the power to write tickets for certain regulatory bylaws, which until now didn't include tree protection. Previously, offences under the tree protection bylaw were enforced by charges through the court system, which the report notes was "a fairly time-consuming and costly process."
Now, officers may issue tickets on the spot for illegally clearcut trees. Ticketed individuals may pay the fine or dispute it in court.
The amendments to the bylaw aim to cut down on the amount of time spent by the city to process the offences while also alleviating pressure on the courts. The report states that this increase in efficiency will also help the city achieve objectives of its sustainability charter.
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