READING - Seatbelts on the School Bus

school busI am often asked why school buses are manufactured without seatbelts. We are all accustomed to using them in our cars and know that they are a significant factor in reducing injury or death in a collision. If this is the case, shouldn't our children have the same benefit when they are bused to and from school?

12 Hour Suspensions

Counter Attack LogoLast week's column looked at the 24 hour prohibition from driving for all drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 50 mg% or higher and were either the driver of or who had care and control of a vehicle on a highway or industrial road. This week we'll look at a special suspension that applies to drivers who are in the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP).

RESOURCE - My Favorite Anti-Speeding Video

RTA LogoThis is my favorite anti-speeding video! It was an Australian television commercial produced for the Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales. I use it regularly to try to get people to think about why taking 10 km/h above the posted limit is not a good decision when things go wrong.

RESOURCE - Highway Maintenance Standards

BC Highways MaintenanceHave you ever wondered if our B.C. provincial highways are being maintained to the proper standard? Just what are those standards? The B.C.

24 Hour Prohibitions

Counter Attack LogoCould you please explain a 24-hour suspension of driving privileges? What exactly does this mean? A 24 hour driving prohibition is used when a police officer believes that a person is the driver of or has care and control of a motor vehicle on a highway or industrial road and their ability is impaired by alcohol or a drug.

RESEARCH - How Risky Is It?

This report presents the results of a research project funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The primary aim of the study was to increase the understanding of the relative risks associated with particular driving behaviors.

RESOURCE - Transport Canada Recall Database

transport canada road logoHas the manufacturer of your vehicle issued a safety related recall? Transport Canada's Vehicle Recalls On-Line Database makes short work of answering this question for you. Simply enter the make, model and year of your vehicle and find out immediately if you should be concerned.

What Happens if You Fail?

senior driver A dear senior friend who was called for a re-examination failed the consequent road test. Our friend has now been issued a learner's permit which requires accompaniment of a fully licensed driver. Question: what is the legal responsibility of said licensed driver?

Professional Courtesy

"Professional Courtesy" is common to the medical profession where que jumping is effected for medical appointments, etc., for medical professionals. Please comment on an equivalent courtesy which may be offered by law enforcement agencies for non criminal offences such as speeding or minor traffic infractions of firemen, armed forces personnel and others.

NEWS - Aftermarket Window Tinting

car with tinted windowsCommercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement receives many inquiries regarding the application and compliance of aftermarket window tinting products. This vehicle safety and standards bulletin is intended to clarify existing Motor Vehicle Act Regulations and insure proper vehicle compliance with these requirements while operating a vehicle on the highway.

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