Signs & Signals

Information regarding traffic signs and signals.

Q&A - Traffic Sign Changes & the NEW Tab

Q&A ImageI was wondering when they put up new speed limit signs up, do they need to put the bright visible sign saying "new" under the new speed limit posting ?

Speed Contrary to an Area Sign

Speed Area SignAs a knowledgeable driver you are aware of the three blanket speed limits that cover the whole province of British Columbia. These limits are 80 km/h outside a municipality, 50 km/h in a municipality and 20 km/h on a municipal lane.

Q&A - Pedestrians Must Yield to Vehicles Signage

Q&A ImageMy university workplace has just erected signage at a pedestrian crossing leading to a parking lot and I am just trying to determine if this is in contravention of current pedestrian right of way laws in BC (before I submit a formal complaint, so that I have all my facts). There is a one-way road/driveway which leads to a small employee only parking lot next a bus loop.

Q&A - Where Does a School Zone End?

Q&A ImageThere is a school near where I live, with a 30km/hr school zone. Driving one way passed the school, you encounter the School Zone sign, but after you pass the school, there is no corresponding sign showing the speed increase to 50 km/hr - despite the fact that the speed for oncoming drivers is 50km/hr and they have a Scool Zone sign on that side of the road.

CASE LAW - Chang v Alcuaz

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe case of Chang v Alcuaz examines an intersection collision where the drivers approached each other at right angles. Both claim that they were facing a green light when they proceeded into the intersection. It is interesting to see how the judge determines which driver had actually faced a green traffic signal.

Q&A - Disputing a Red Light Ticket

Q&A ImageI got a traffic ticket for not stopping at a red light. However, I believe that I entered the intersection before the signal turned to red. There was no camera to support this charge.

I did not stop because my car was accelarated, I believed stopping would cause a more dangerous situation. Also, it was difficult to make a clear judgement because the situation was urgent.

NEWS - LED Warning Signs Improve Highway Safety

TranBC logoAn LED sign system has been installed on a sharp curve on the Skagit Bluffs area of Highway 3 about 40 km west of Hope. The curve is the site of repeated collisions due to drivers that fail to slow sufficiently. A warning sign lights up when the driver exceeds the posted speed by more than 10 km/h and the arrow delineators are constantly lit as well.

Q&A - Traffic Light Timing

Q&A ImageI am wondering what is the minimum time a traffic light must give when changing from green to red?

CASE LAW - Nonis v Granata

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case determines liability following a collision that took place between vehicles driven by Claudio Nonis and Stefano Granata at the intersection of Hastings Street and Madison Avenue in Vancouver, B.C.

Mr. Granata was traveling on Hastings Street approaching Madison Avenue and facing a flashing green traffic signal.

What is a Traffic Control Device?

Traffic ConesAmid the chaos of a collision scene this afternoon came a call over the police radio: "grab that vehicle, it just drove around the cones and into oncoming traffic!" Not only did the emergency workers have to deal with a two vehicle collision in an intersection full of emergency vehicles, they also had to contend with drivers who were going through no matter what.

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