Vehicle Licencing

Information with regard to vehicle licencing.

The Lowly Licence Plate

BC Licence PlateThe licence plate has one purpose: to quickly and easily identify the vehicle that it is attached to. This is important enough that a whole division of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations is devoted to the subject. Fines for failing to follow these rules may be expensive as well, ranging from $109 to as much as $230.

Operation of Unlicensed Motor Vehicles

ATVIf it has a motor, gasoline or electric, and you operate it on a highway, chances are you need a driver's licence and the vehicle will need licence and insurance. There are very few exceptions to this rule.

While it may be convenient to take your quad to the community mailboxes instead of walking or driving your lawn tractor around the block because you cannot easily drive between the upper and lower parts of your yard it could be an expensive trip in the wrong circumstances.

Q&A - Tow for Unlicensed Scooter Justified?

Q&A ImageIt was necessary for me to move my 50cc scooter 3 miles from one storage location to another. It was daylight, the weather was good and there was no other traffic on the road at the time. I made an error of judgment and decided to make this move on my scooter without current tags since I would not be using it for several months. It did not occur to me to think about a day pass.

Q&A - Moving to BC from Ontario

Q&A ImageHi there! We are moving to BC and I need account as I need advice for my 1001 quesions :)

1. What to prepare to get quickly a BC license as I need to register a vehicle

Should I Drive for Uber?

Uber LogoShould I become an Uber driver? It looks like a good way to pick up some easy money and provide a lower cost service to people at the same time. Before you visit the Uber web site and sign up, you should consider very carefully what risks you might be taking and how it could affect you. That little bit of pocket money could quickly become a mere drop in the bucket when it comes to covering your losses if a collision should occur.

Q&A - Does Our Hay Trailer Need a Licence and Insurance?

Q&A ImageWe own a small ranch in BC. Our hay fields stretch out along a small public road that runs through our ranch. We have just purchased a large truck which is now insured with farm plates to haul our hay bales off of the fields. We have been told that the hay trailer being pulled by this truck needs to be liscenced.

Q&A - Problems While Using a Demonstration Licence

Q&A ImageI recently got a ticket for section 11 MVA while using my demonstration plate. I had my icbc consent card, driver's licence, d plate & a copy of my garage policy. The officer told me I need a copy of the registration in the car as well.

To my knowledge the copy of the registration is not needed. I would like to fight the ticket but need to know if this is correct.

Off Road Vehicle Registration Required After June 1, 2015

Off Road Vehicle Licence PlateIf you intend to operate your off road vehicle (ORV) anywhere on public lands after June 1, 2015 you have just three weeks left to register it through ICBC. When the vehicle is registered an off road vehicle licence plate will be issued and must be displayed. The  changes replaced outdated legislation governing British Columbia’s growing off-road sector, and helps ensure these vehicles are driven in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. (See update at end of article)

Q&A - Transfer of Ownership & Huge Towing Bill

Q&A ImageMy girlfriend recently failed to properly transfer ownership of her car after she sold it. The guy shortly after wound up getting the car impounded somehow, and the vehicle was never transferred out of her name. Now, a towing company 4 months later wrote her telling her that she owes $3100 in towing and storage fees. HELP!

NEWS - Is Uber Coming to British Columbia?

New BC LogoThe news agencies are busily discussing the possibility of Uber becoming active in Vancouver. Uber is a way to make money with your vehicle by sharing rides in your vehicle with people willing to pay less than taxi fare to you. You sign up as a driver with Uber and the Uber app puts people seeking a ride in touch with you via smart phone. A simple way to earn cash? Not in BC.

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