Transfer of Licence Plates

BC License PlateMoving licence plates from one vehicle to another is not just a simple matter of being able to use a screwdriver. Many people run into trouble in the form of a heavy fine and a tow truck when they try to move their plates to a substitute vehicle and don't do it properly.

Driving and Cell Phones

Driving DistractionsI'm a bit surprised that I have never dealt with the subject of cell phone use while driving in this column. There has been ample opportunity, from observing drivers while I am at work, to reading reports about it from safety researchers, your suggestions, and even a comment from the judiciary about clamping down on drivers who use them when they drive.

More on Driver's Licence Restrictions

BC Driver's LicenceMany drivers have what are referred to as restrictions on their driver's license. These restrictions may be limiting, such as being allowed a maximum number of passengers if you are in the Graduated Licensing Program or having to wear corrective lenses if your eyesight does not meet minimum standards. They may also be empowering as is the case with being allowed to operate air brake equipped vehicles or tow a trailer with a Gross Vehicle Weight over 4, 600 kg. In all cases, restrictions must be obeyed, or the driver will find themselves in difficulty if they are stopped by the police or they are involved in a collision.

Motorcycle Driver's Licence Restrictions

BC Driver's LicenceThis week must be disobey restriction week for learner motorcycle riders. I attended an off road left collision involving a learner driver on a motorcycle. He was restricted to having an instructor aged 25+ and a speed of no more than 60 km/h. The instructor was 21 and explained that they couldn't have been doing more than 70 in the 60 zone before the crash.

Changing Lanes in Intersections

Lane ChangeI am often asked to tell the motoring public that it is illegal to change lanes in an intersection. I cannot do this, because there is no specific rule prohibiting this driving action in the Motor Vehicle Act. However, a defensive driver will choose not to do this, even if it is legal.

Why Do We Have Traffic Rules?

Motor Vehicle ActI have just returned from a visit to Montreal, and driving behaviour that I saw there gave me a lot to think about. No one came to a full stop at a stop sign unless it was to avoid a collision with traffic already there. If you did stop and did not immediately proceed, the driver behind you honked the horn.

Rights and Duties of Cycle Operators

Cyclist"Are there rules for riding bicycles?" a reader asks after narrowly missing a collision with a bicyclist. "They seem to ride wherever they feel like it. How is a driver supposed to know what bicycle riders are going to do?"

The most significant concept in the Motor Vehicle Act is that the rider of a bicycle has the same rights and duties as the driver of a motor vehicle.

Coloured Lights Tell Us Something

Colored LightsThe lights that our vehicle is equipped with serve two important functions. They allow us to see and they allow us to be seen by other road users. The messages conveyed to others by our vehicle's lights must be clear with no opportunity for confusion.

Tire Inflation - Riding on Air

Riding on AirCentral Island Traffic Services is currently investigating a serious single vehicle collision with multiple injuries. Evidence at the scene indicated that one of the rear tires on the vehicle was flat prior to the collision. Under inflation of the tire may have been the cause of this incident.

Refueling Safety

Gas NozzleMost of us drive vehicles that use gasoline for fuel. If you are like me, we probably notice the signs at the pump island that tell us to stop our engines before refueling but don't give it much more thought than that. Perhaps the reader that suggested this topic is doing us all a favor.

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