What is the standard of review for a decision by a Superintendent of Motor Vehicles in a bar case?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Lapre v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles), 2016 BCSC 1650 (CanLII):

When applying that standard in the context of cases such as the one at bar, “it is important to recognize the discrete and special administrative regime in which the Superintendent has a specialized expertise” as well as a “mandate to ensure the safety and well-being of the public on our highways”: Paik v. British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles), 2008 BCSC 1332 at para. 5. Accordingly, their decisions are entitled to deference. A court will generally refrain from interfering with the Superintendent’s decision if there is some evidence upon which their findings could reasonably be made.

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