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NEWS - Commercial Trucks Confined to Right Lanes

TranBC logoEffective this week, heavy commercial vehicles will be forbidden to use the leftmost lane on the Coquihalla Highway between Box Canyon and Zopkios. Aimed at keeping "spun out" trucks on the right side of the highway and the left lane clear for snow removal equipment and tow trucks. If this pilot program produces the hoped for outcome it may be extended to other routes in the interior of the province.

NEWS - Speed Limit Increases Rolled Back

no speedingTransportation Minister Claire Trevena has announced the roll back of speed increases on 15 segments of highway that were raised in 2014. The new speed limits will be 10 km/h lower in the hope that the increase in crash rates seen after the previous change will return to what they were before.

NEWS - Guide to Disputing a Ticket

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe Provincial Court of British Columbia has released a Guide to Disputing a Ticket. The 16 page PDF document expands the information available on the court's Traffic and Bylaws page and is aimed specifically at provincial violation tickets rather than federal or municipal violation tickets. This is applicable to traffic tickets issued under the Motor Vehicle Act and Commercial Transportation Act.

NEWS - Highway Line Paint Research

New BC LogoWhen the Government of Canada put an end to the use of oil based paint for highway line markings the durability that we had come to expect ended. Since that time the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has been searching for and testing suitable replacements. Starting this month a new, thicker water-based paint will be applied on major B.C. highways along with a new reflective glass bead in areas where wet nights are an issue.

NEWS - Neighbourhood Golf Carts

Neighbourhood Golf Cart SignStarting September 1, 2016 the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has authorized a pilot project to allow golf carts to operate on certain approved local roads in the Town of Qualicum Beach and the Village of Chase. Expected to last up to two years, the project will assess the use of golf carts as an alternative transportation method on low volume, low speed roads. The initiative is aimed at people who are interested in using vehicles other than automobiles to make local, short trips.

NEWS - Variable Speed Limit Signs Activated

Variable Speed SignVariable speed signs are now operational in three areas of British Columbia. The signs will be changed to moderate traffic speeds during poor weather in an effort to prevent collisions. On site weather and road condition monitors report to the regional traffic management center in Coquitlam where staff will change the speed signs remotely. A flashing yellow light on the top of the sign will flash when the speed had been reduced to reinforce the fact that action must be taken by drivers.

RESEARCH - IIHS Rates Vehicle Headlights

IIHS LogoFor the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested and rated vehicle headlights. Of the 31 mid-sized vehicles examined, only one, the Toyota Prius, received a "good" rating. All the others rated acceptable, marginal or poor in roughly the same proportion. If you've wondered about glare from oncoming vehicles or thought that you weren't seeing well driving at night, the proof may be here.

NEWS - Driver's Abstracts Available On Line

ICBC LogoICBC has announced that Driver's Abstracts are now available on line for free. Drivers request a copy of their driving records on line and after satisfying security requirements receive the documents by e-mail. Drives can can also access insurance and claims history records that detail a driver's insurance coverage and claims history, for up to 20 years.

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.

NEWS - Reporting Bad Driving With the Vic PD App

TextingThe Victoria Police Department has announced an app for both Apple and Android devices that may be used to report incidents of unsafe driving. The app extends a complainant's ability to report a traffic complaint on line. Depending on the level of involvement that you choose, the complaint will be taken for general information, a warning letter or court action. The app is available for free download now.

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