FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Government of BC is reminding drivers that they need to have cars winterized by October 1st or face a fine for not doing so. The following fines can be handed out:
- Drivers who don’t have the proper winter tires on their vehicle on the designated routes can receive a fine of $121.
- Drivers who don’t have the minimum tread depth on their tires (3.5mm) on the designated routes can receive a fine of $109.
Certain highways and routes require snow tires in the North, the Interior, the South Coast (such as the Sea to Sky Highway) and Vancouver Island (such as the Malahat, Highway 14, Highway 4 and Highway 28).
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone says that it is important for people to be prepared for winter conditions.
“Drivers who travel on high mountain passes and designated routes where weather can suddenly change need to make sure their vehicles are winter ready. We want to be certain drivers are prepared for unpredictable and changing driving conditions. Make sure you are using winter tires that are in good condition, with solid treads, and adjusting your speed to match road and weather conditions.”
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In BC, winter tires are marked with a snowflake on the side or the mud and snow symbol. Winter tires have to be in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 mm, and must be used on designated highways from October 1st to March 31st.
Public Safety and Solicitor General Minister Mike Morris also echoed the message of driving safely over the winter months.
“It’s important that all drivers do their part in keeping our roads safe, especially during unpredictable winter conditions. Don’t drive distracted, don’t drink and drive and always pay attention to changing weather conditions. Having the correct winter tires on your vehicle can make a big difference and will help you get home safely at the end of the day.”
Commercial vehicles that are 27,000 kg gross volume weight and greater, such as tractor trailers, have to carry chains on the designated routes. The ministry recommends that commercial vehicle drivers keep chains with them at all times and be prepared to install them when needed.