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Information relating to the government and traffic laws.

VIEWPOINT - Mandatory Parking Lots for Bars

MegaphoneThoughts that make you go "hmmm..." This article by Eric de Place looks at civic government and the laws for the provision of parking at businesses. Why do they mandate parking at drinking establishments? Perhaps parking should be forbidden there, after all, we don't want people to drink and drive!

RECREATION VEHICLES - Truck Tractor RV's Exempt from Semi Annual Inspection

RV SemiB.C.'s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Circular 05-11 announces that truck tractors used for non-commercial purposes licensed for pleasure use under specified rate classes are exempt from periodic inspections required by the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP).

NEWS - Use of Alternative Traction Devices

MOTI BannerIn January 2011 CVSE announced that an alternative to conventional tire chains was now being allowed in British Columbia for commercial vehicles. The bulletin said that the use of pneumatic automatically deployed tire chains for commercial vehicles will fulfill the requirements of section 208 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

NEWS - Federal Government Backs Down on Child Seat Regulation Implementation

Transport Canada New LogoWhen the federal government implemented new standards for Child Seats in the Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations the manufacturers had until January 1, 2011 to comply. This deadline has now been extended to December 31, 2011.

NEWS - BC Tightens Control on Inspection Facilities

BC FlagThe BC Government has announced that the Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement inspectors now have enhanced authority under the Motor Vehicle Act to administer Designated Inspection Facilities and to cancel the authorization of inspectors who fail to follow policy or the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations.

NEWS - Canada's Toughest Impaired Driving Penalties

BC FlagBritish Columbia will have Canada's toughest impaired driving penalties when new laws become effective on September 20, 2010. The limits of zero for new drivers, 50 mg% (.05) for a 24 hour suspension and 80 mg% (.08) for criminal impaired driving charge have not changed, rather the penalties for those who disregard them have become much harsher.

NEWS - Enhanced License Plate Removal

BC FlagB.C.'s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) has implemented a program aimed at removing commercial vehicles with serious equipment defects from our highways. The program applies to commercial vehicles with a GVW over 5,000 kg that are part of the National Safety Code Program.

NEWS - Toughest Ever Testing Standards for Child Car Seats

Transport Canada LogoCanada's testing standards for child safety seats will be second to none when they are implemented on January 1, 2011. Children today are heavier and require that safety standards keep pace in order to take this into account and provide sufficient protection.

RESOURCE - European Commission Road Safety Web Site

European Commission Road SafetyRoad safety resources from around the world may be useful to drivers in B.C. After all, the task of driving skillfully and responsibly is the same no matter where you are. This site contains something of interest for everyone, from the driver to enforcement to government. Take a look.

NEWS - Targeting Bad Driving Pays Off in Lives Saved

BC FlagVICTORIA – Sixty fewer lives were lost and 4,196 fewer injuries resulted from motor vehicle crashes in 2008 compared to 2007, due to a concerted effort by a 110-member integrated traffic safety unit that works alongside local traffic police to make British Columbia roads safer.

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