Thoughts From the ICBC Rate Fairness Report

ICBC LogoI was curious about the outcome of ICBC's rate fairness survey so I checked the box to be notified when the report became available. The notification arrived in my inbox this week and I've made a quick scan of the document. The diverse opinions on who should be held accountable for what and how rates should be set is interesting.

Q&A - Modifying a Vehicle Exterior

Q&A ImageQ: I have a question about legality around modifying the exterior of my car. I have seen many modified (often lowered suspension as well) cars with front lip spoilers/splitters and I was wondering around the legality of them for a street car. Do you know if they are they legal to have or would they affect insurance in any way to have one if I were to be in a front end collision, either with another car or pedestrian?

BILL 17 - New Motor Vehicle Act Drugged Driving Provisions

Bill 17, the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act (MVA) 2018 has passed third reading in the legislature. The bill amends the MVA to include provisions for the use of drug screening instruments and the imposition of prohibitions based on the result of using them to test a driver. In addition, a driver may be subject to licence conditions prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle when the driver has a prescribed drug in their body,

It's Motorcycle Season Again

motorcycleBraap, braaaap, braaaaaaaaaap, chug, chug, chug, chug. Yes, it's motorcycle season again. Time for all of us "cagers" to start complaining about the noise and riders to complain about nearly being driven over by drivers who failed to see them.

Q&A - Child Restraint in Motorcycle Sidecars

Q&A ImageQ: I have a hypothetical law question for you. Not saying in ANY way that this would be a good idea, only a law question.

Could a child of 5 years old (3’7", 50 lbs) ride in the sidecar of a motorcycle in a booster seat? This situation would be in the City of Surrey for reference.

CASE LAW - R v Bainbridge

BC Courts Coat of ArmsJudicial Justice Burgess examines the definition of "use" as it applies to the use of electronic devices while driving.

The Trailer Pre-Trip Check

Ubilt Utility TrailerThere's nothing like a beautiful spring day to bring out the trailer that has sat unused since last fall. A lot can happen to a trailer while it sits idle waiting to be useful again. Lighting connections corrode, tires lose pressure, reflectors are broken, brakes need service along with many other possibilities for wear and malfunction.

Q&A - Driver Right of Way Over Pedestrians

Q&A ImageQ: I live in quiet little Summerland. Our busiest intersection is a T-junction complete with 3 cross walks. Traffic usually proceeds through that T junction at a very slow pace. It is very common to see pedestrians step out into a crosswalk without paying attention to vehicular traffic currently in the intersection.

ICBC - Take the Test

ICBC LogoToday's hopeful new drivers must take a computer based knowledge test and pass with a score of at least 80% correct in order to obtain a learner's licence. Contrast that with the 20 question A or B test that I took when I was 16 or my mother who simply paid for her licence and then learned to drive!

Stop Signs & Red Lights, Honk, Honk, Honk!

Stop Sign"I almost lost my life at West Fourth and Blenheim in Vancouver this morning" reported a DriveSmartBC Twitter follower. "I was turning left. The traffic lights were red for the traffic on Fourth. I stopped for the stop sign on Blenheim, then moved into the intersection to make my turn. The vehicle approaching me from the opposite direction was speeding and didn't even slow down for the stop sign. She went straight through!"

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