Miscellaneous

Information regarding topics that don't fit in established categories.

Defective Vehicles - A Crash Looking for a Place to Happen

tow awayWhat do you do with a pickup that has only one operating light, a high beam headlight, being driven at night between towns? How about another being driven in the rain with wipers being operated by the passenger who was pushing and pulling on a rope with one end tied to each wiper and run through the passenger compartment via the vent windows?

Q&A - Red Light Cameras & Penalty Points

Q&A ImageAfter the ticket is sent to the vehicle's owner, does he/she get penalty points on their license? I found a web post that says you only get penalty points if you were caught by a cop; is that true?

Q&A - Red Light Camera Situation

Q&A ImageI got distracted by something and I only saw the red light late so I slammed the brakes and managed to stop the car, but the front tires entered the crosswalk. I'm sure that intersection has those camera; will I get a ticket for that? I totally came to a full stop but as I said, I kinda entered the crosswalk.

The Use of Documents and Pictures in Traffic Court

Scales of JusticeA gentleman that I watched in traffic court was determined to present his defense as thoroughly as possible. He had a manual with him and a collection of about a dozen pictures that he wanted to use to prove his point. Supporting your testimony with illustration is often a good way to show what is difficult to describe with words.

Q&A - Coasting Downhill

Q&A ImageI often coast down a high hill in order to save on gas if there is no traffic behind me. I notice that there is a traffic offence called: "Coast down grade illegally" on the ICBC website  with a fine of $121.00 and a 2 point assessment. Is what I do coasting down grade illegally and why would that be a problem?

Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods PlacardsHave you ever wondered what is going by you on the highway contained inside heavy transport vehicles? The transportation of dangerous goods rules require that the larger loads be marked with placards to identify the cargo. In the event of an emergency involving these vehicles, first responders can easily identify the cargo and decide what to do.

Q&A - Strata Roads

Q&A ImageI live in a strata with a straight fire lane running through it. The speed limit is clearly marked by signs and large print on the road. Residents (owner and counsel members) from the units farthest the street willfully speed past my unit in excess of thrice the limit of 15km/h. I have tried talking to them and informed strata bit all to no avail - in fact speed bumps were removed.

VIDEO - How to Stop a Runaway Vehicle

VideoThis video from Consumer Reports explains what to do if you vehicle is subject to sudden, uncontrolled acceleration.

Unsecured Vehicles

Lock CarIt is not uncommon to watch a vehicle pull up in the parking lot of a service station or convenience store and watch the driver get out and walk inside, leaving the vehicle unlocked, idling and unattended. What better opportunity for a car thief or joyrider can a person provide? Most people will say "I just went inside for a minute." Just a minute is more than a thief requires to leave you stranded. 

Too Much Exhaust Smoke

Smoking ExhaustDo all the bugs fall out of the sky, overcome by smoke, after your vehicle goes by? Being caught in traffic behind a vehicle belching clouds of foul smelling smoke is not a pleasant experience. Clean air should be everyone's worry, will your vehicle make the grade?

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