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$109 fine in effect for drivers caught without winter tires on most B.C. highways

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Published on October 05, 2019 with No Comments

Drivers travelling on most B.C. highways are now required to have appropriate winter tires on their vehicles.Every year on Oct. 1, winter tires become mandatory on most of the province’s highways. Specifically, drivers need tires with either “M+S” or a mountain and snowflake symbol. They also must be in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres.

“Winter is on its way and I urge people to make sure they use good winter tires, slow down when driving in winter conditions, and plan ahead by checking DriveBC,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena in a news release.  “Conditions can change quickly on B.C. highways, especially for drivers leaving the Lower Mainland for more mountainous terrain. We want everyone to drive safely and get home to their families this winter.”

The province shared that tires with the mountain and snowflake markings offer the best traction on snow and ice in cold weather. Tires marked with an M+S (which stands for mud and snow) work better than summer tires in winter weather, but aren’t as effective as the other tires in severe conditions. 

Winter tires aren’t mandatory across the entire province but on most B.C. highways. Drivers travelling on those highways without proper winter tires can receive a fine of $109.  New this year, truckers who don’t chain up will pay a higher fine than they used to.

 Before, the base-level fine was $121 for truck drivers caught without chains during the winter months. But now, they’ll be fined $196 for not carrying them, and a whopping $598 for not installing them during mandatory chain ups. 


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