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Enforcement of Laws Concerning Noisy Vehicles

fingers in earsThe question this week revolves around vehicle noise in quiet neighbourhoods. Why don’t the municipalities do more about it asks my correspondent. This may be a case of the squeaky wheel not getting the grease!

Solving Your Road Safety Problem

construction ahead signEveryone would like to feel safe in their neighbourhood and that extends to having everyone else obey the driving rules when they are in it. So, what do you do when this is not the case? The answer depends on how much you want to become involved in the solution.

LAW - Sylvania Silver Star Headlight Class Action

GavelIt appears that sometimes you don't get what you pay for. A class action lawsuit in the US against Osram Sylvania over the advertised claims for their Silver Star headlight bulbs was successful. The suit alleged that Sylvania represented that the headlights are brighter, provide a wider beam and allow drivers to see farther down the road than standard halogen headlights.

Complaints Anonymous - A Traffic Violator Database Proposal

GrumpyI never know what I will find when I check the DriveSmartBC e-mail in-box. Today’s gem came from someone who identifies themself as Grumpy and suggested that they were thinking that maybe I could use the web site to contain a database such that when a bad driver is witnessed, the public could enter the details of the driving offence. No personal information need be provided.

Q&A - Feeling Threatened by Another Driver

Q&A ImageI am a female and today when I was driving home alone I felt very threatened by another driver. He cut me off - I let it go. He drove 30 mph - I drifted back and gave him space. Then when it came time for me to turn off the road - he stopped (I was behind him turning) and followed me. I did not want him to see where I lived so I continued to the shopping mall, a public place..

Slow Down, Breathe Easier

ExhaustI’m in a world of mixed messages. Some are real, some are emotional, some are false and some come from the government. The one that I would like to tackle here might be a bit odd for DriveSmartBC but the consequences could be related back to safety. I’m thinking about travel speed and fuel economy because the faster you go, the more it costs, probably in more ways than one.

Q&A - Does a Good Driving Record Count in Traffic Court?

Q&A ImageLast week I received my first ticket in 41 years of driving. I had recently started driving taxi part time in Nanaimo. At the end of a 9 hr shift I dropped the taxi off and got into my own car. Five minutes later I went through a school zone without slowing down, having missed the school zone sign.

This was ironic because I had been slowing down for school zones all day but became complacent after finishing work.

Q&A - Defendant Changes Their Mind on the Plea Agreement

Q&A ImageI sat in court to see what it is like in traffic court as I have never been to one before. I noticed that on many occasions, the officer would take the defendants outside of the courtroom to speak to them about their plea to the court. 

Q&A - Bumper and Headlight Heights

Q&A ImageI have done some of my own research but all the info I've found is from years ago, and I'm curious if laws have changed.

I'm in the process of buying a suspension lift for my vehicle and was curious of bumper height and headlight height requirements so I can remain legal.

NEWS - Electric Vehicles in HOV Lanes

HOV DecalEffective March 1, 2016 qualifying hybrid and electric vehicles with a permit and displaying an approval decal will be able to use HOV lanes on BC highways even when the required number of passengers is not met unless a sign is posted stating otherwise.

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