Miscellaneous

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

Your Worship, the Officer was a Jerk!

GavelYou've just received a traffic ticket and that fact hasn't shed any sunshine on your day. It's bad enough that this has happened, but from your point of view the officer was less than gracious when they issued it to you. I'll dispute the ticket and tell the court exactly what I think may cross your mind as you consider your situation. Surely the justice will see my point and give me a break!

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Overweight

cameraThis interesting looking vehicle was checked at the Parksville weigh scale. As evidenced by the tops of the rear tires almost scrubbing against the top of the wheel wells, it was considerably overweight. Commercial trucks are not the only vehicles on the highway that may be removed from the highway if safe loading rules are not followed, this one was too. The driver likely didn't need to look at the vehicle capacity ratings on the sticker in the driver's door opening area to know that he should not have loaded the car like this, but if he had, it would have told him the maximum safe weights for the load.

Is it a Crosswalk or a Speed Hump?

Speed HumpA reader observes "I was crossing West Mall at UBC over a speed hump towards the bus stop. A car was driving on West Mall and did not stop. When I showed the driver the white arrows on the pavement, he said that these were speed hump marks, not a crosswalk.

Q&A - Reporting Jake Brake Violators

Q&A ImageVirtually all city and municipalities have laws regarding the use of Air Brake use in residential areas. 

However, as usual, there is very little enforcement being done. Truck drivers either drive too fast or they've grown accustomed to use of Air Brakes with no regard for anyone but themselves. I hear and see this happening all the time in residentail arterial routes. 

Q&A - Uninsured Vehicle on Strata Property

Q&A ImageWe had our Strata AGM last night (self-managed) and it was brought to our attention that there is an uninsured car parked in our underground parking. Could you please let me know the laws around this and advise on how to handle?

READING - Vision Zero International, January 2014

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The January 2014 edition includes stories on autonomous braking systems, visual distraction alert systems, video camera and radar solutions for pedestrian avoidance and a bicycle mounted laser system to enhance awareness and increase safety for the cyclist.

Q&A - Trial Adjourned, Can I Recover My Expenses?

Q&A ImageI am currently disputing a speeding ticket I received in Kelowna on a new section of Hwy 33 which was not properly / adequately signed. I live on Vancouver Island and went up to Kelowna for my hearing. Due to there being to many cases that day, mine did not even get up to bat.

My out of pocket expenses were $450 not including per diem / food.

Obscenities on Vehicles

Three MonkeysEvery so often I get asked to write about something that makes me pause and think for a moment. This article is one of those as the reader asked "Could you clarify what the law is in BC regarding offensive words, statements, illustrations etc. on vehicles in use on public roads? For example, I recently saw a truck advising anyone interested that the driver masturbates.

Q&A - Golf Cars and Electric Wheelchairs on the Highways

Golf CartAs far as I am aware very few, if any, of the electric golf cars or electric sidewalk conveyances that cross or use our streets are neither licensed nor qualified to be licensed. They are therefore not insured for Liability nor Property damage by ICBC.

RESOURCE - Crown Counsel Policy Manual

We often wonder why the police don't charge drivers or seem to charge them with something that does not suit the driving crime. Keep in mind that in the case of a fatal or serious injury collision that it is not the police making the decision to charge the offending driver, it is Crown Counsel.

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