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Information relating to the government and traffic laws.

Insurance Fraud & Insurance Rates - Who to Believe?

Question MarkOuch! My ICBC insurance rates are going up as much as 42% over the next five years according to an article in the Province newspaper. I already paid $630 this year for the privilege of having my fellow British Columbians help me pay for collision liability if I make a mistake and crash my pickup. I’m not looking forward to paying $895 in 2021, but when you consider how much you could be on the hook for if you didn’t have insurance, even that doesn’t look too bad.

PROGRAM - Community Safety Enhancement

The B.C. Government has announced a 50% increase in funding for the Community Safety Enhancement Program. This means that there is 7.5 million dollars available for ideas and input from municipalities and local residents to build projects, like better lighting, new crosswalks and improved signage to enhance local road safety. Also included in the program are enhancements for pedestrians, cyclists and transit.

Q&A - Speed on the Coquihalla

Q&A ImageWe travel Highway 5 from Hope to Kamloops two times each year. We are concerned about the increase in speed to 120 from 110. Many of the drivers go well above that limit which causes dangerous conditions. Concerned for our safety.

Q&A - We Need a Left Turn Lane

Q&A ImageI am frustrated !!

Our Mobile Home Park needs a left turn lane off Casorso road in Kelowna BC.

Casorso Road is a reasonable volume road with connections to schools, shopping centers, churches, residences, and other normal destinations.

As it passes by our 130 home park, very dangerous traffic activity occurs at the main entrance/exit.

Why Don't I See Traffic Police at Work?

Ticket WriterYou might be surprised to learn that this was a topic of conversation among my colleagues when we sat down for a coffee break during a shift. Most often one of us would have been travelling during their vacation and the remark would be something along the lines of “I drove all the way to X and back and didn’t see anyone stopping violators!” Maybe there is something to the remark “Where’s a cop when you need one?”

I Want a New Highway Speed Limit Sign in My Neighbourhood

Speed SignThe article that I wrote two weeks ago concerning solving your own road safety problems prompted an inquiry from the East Kootenays. The writer complained that a section of Highway 31A leaving the town of New Denver was marked with a 50 zone ends speed sign and the next kilometre or so of the road had many driveways, some intersections, a pedestrian crossing for a public trail and was regularly used by cyclists and pedestrians. Some drivers, with motorcyclists singled out for special mention, regularly travel here at speeds as high as 120 km/h. Would I please have a sign put up limiting the speed to 50 or 60 km/h here?

Q&A - Illegal Sale of Coloured Fuel

Q&A ImageA local gas station has marked fuel and is allowing people to fill vehicles even though it is not for farming purposes or for boats. I know this is not legal. What action needs to be be taken to stop this?

NEWS - Variable Speed Limit Signs Activated

Variable Speed SignVariable speed signs are now operational in three areas of British Columbia. The signs will be changed to moderate traffic speeds during poor weather in an effort to prevent collisions. On site weather and road condition monitors report to the regional traffic management center in Coquitlam where staff will change the speed signs remotely. A flashing yellow light on the top of the sign will flash when the speed had been reduced to reinforce the fact that action must be taken by drivers.

Q&A - When was a Law or Regulation Enacted?

Q&A ImageLooking at the MVA / MVAR, does "[en. B.C. Reg. 476/98, s. 2.]" (for example) indicate that at least the latest version of this law was enacted in 1998?  Is there any way to see the history of a particular entry - when it was created, where it's been changed, etc.?

Penalty Points and How They Affect You

Ticket WriterI’ve always understood penalty points to be a kind of score keeping method to assign a level of risk to the breach of a traffic rule. The more dangerous the violation, the more penalty points that would be assigned to a driving conviction. Rack up too many points in a set period of time and you would have to pay ICBC premiums and risk a driving prohibition from RoadSafetyBC. Regardless of the fact that penalty points have been a part of driving in BC for many years, they are generally poorly understood.

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