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Information relating to the government and traffic laws.

RESOURCE - Designing a Driver Penalty Point System

Question MarkHave you ever wondered how our penalty point system came to be? This document from the European community examines the penalty point system in European countries and recommends best practices to implement an effective system.

VIDEO - Improvements to the Immediate Roadside Prohibition Program

video iconThe Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles explains improvements to the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) program for impaired drivers (effective June 15, 2012) and what can happen if you're caught driving impaired in British Columbia.

Q&A - Who is responsible for road markings?

Q&A ImageIs this a municipal or provincial responsibility? I see countless examples each year where there are many ways (or in cases, no reasonable way) to take the markings on the road, especially at <50 kph. If a person has these problems in understanding the intent and the expected behaviour, who should queries be directed to? Please advise? Thanks!

THE LAW - Motor Vehicle Amendment Act #2 2012

Scales of JusticeThe province of British Columbia intends to make  significant changes to the way drivers are penalized for disobeying the driving laws. The current Violation Ticket and traffic court system will be replaced with something similar called a Driving Notice and a system of dispute adjudication under the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

NEWS - Changes Coming for Traffic Tickets in BC

Ticket WriterOne day in the not too distant future police will swipe your driver's licence through a card reader, pick the offence from a list on their computer screen and click print to issue you a traffic ticket. No more hand written ticket forms for BC drivers.

NEWS - Changes to Motorcycle Safety Laws

BC FlagThe Minister of Justice announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Act affecting motorcycle helmets and motorcycle passengers. Effective June 1, 2012 all motorcycle riders who are not exempt will have to wear an approved motorcycle helmet that bears approval markings showing that they comply with established standards.

Should My Driving Record be Available to the Public?

AngelYesterday's edition of the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper contained an article about Justice Minister Shirley Bond considering making the driving record of B.C. drivers public knowledge. The idea is that if conventional methods of convincing drivers to follow the driving rules are not successful, then it is time to find other solutions. This one would be aimed at embarrassing a non-compliant driver publicly.

RESOURCE - How Busy is the Highway?

Vancouver Highway TrafficHow busy are our highways? Quoting from their web site, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's Traffic Data Program monitors traffic volumes at several locations throughout the province. This information is used by ministry staff to help support planning, design, construction, and operation of the Ministry road network.

45 Deaths that Didn't Occur

Keys and DrinkI'm no stranger to death by automobile. It was never a pleasure to investigate fatalities and for me there was no satisfaction in the successful prosecution of the impaired driver that caused them. Many more people than the direct victims were hurt and I knew that the only way I could really contribute was to hunt down the impaired driver and stop them.

RESOURCE - Keeping Canadians Safe Through Improved Road Design

Transport Canada LogoFrom the web site description: "Have you ever driven over rumble strips and wondered how many lives they have saved? Or perhaps you have noticed roundabouts being installed near your home and wondered why they are safer than intersections with stop signs or traffic signals.

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