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Information relating to the government and traffic laws.

READING - Auto Safety Report

NHTSA logoThis report on auto safety from nader.org is aimed at the new Biden administration in the United States. It advocates turning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from "a sporadic, meek consultant to the auto giants" to a strong law enforcement agency. Citing "NHTSA’s inaction and institutional abandonment by Congress and the White House," and "NHTSA’s tiny budget, now far less than what is spent on military bands" it expresses the hope that the administration will begin a new day of public safety.

The Motor Vehicle Act Needs an Update

Update RequiredImagine how difficult the job must be to keep the 494 chapters of the provincial statutes of British Columbia in order. The legislation that they contain must be added to in order to reflect what we need today, amended as circumstances change and the courts rule on their use and finally repealed as they no longer reflect our wants and needs. Small wonder that some things slip through the cracks.

FEEDBACK - How You Would Stop Speeders

Speed DemonThe Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth wants to hear from you about how to stop idiots driving at excessive speeds. In a press release to kick off his second term in this position he says that "he’ll be listening to police, ministry staff, other road-safety partners and the public for ideas about how we can stop these drivers for good."

Q&A - Intersection Safety Camera Evidence

red light camera signI’m hoping you can point me in the right direction. My daughter was grazed by a driver who sped through a red light, to be honest she feels if she’d have been walking any faster she’d have been hit and likely killed due to the speed at which the car was traveling.

This happened at the intersection of Union Rd and Glenmore Rd in Kelowna, at exactly 10:45 pm as she walked to catch a bus.

NEWS - Government Mandates

BC LogoPremier John Horgan has issued letters of expectation to the heads of the government ministries. There is mention of reducing ICBC rates, but no direct instruction on improving road safety. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says that the ministry's responsibilities, which includes highway construction, maintenance and operations are central to safety.

READING - Traffic Management Manual for Work on Roadways

Traffic ConesThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has released the 2020 version of the Traffic Management Manual for Work on Roadways. This is essentially an 815 page textbook outlining fundamental principles and guidelines for traffic management and traffic control in work zones. The goal is to ensure the protection of workers and the safe and efficient movement of road users through the work zone.

ICBC - Soon to be the Only Game in Town?

ICBC LogoBelair Direct, the auto insurance arm of Intact Insurance has announced that it will stop selling auto policies in BC effective December 1, 2020 and renewing policies on January 1, 2021. They see ICBC’s recent regulatory changes and the province’s current auto insurance market conditions as having reduced opportunities for the private sector to compete.

VISION ZERO - Surrey 2019 Year in Review

Vision Zero CanadaThe City of Surrey has released a year in review report for 2019 detailing it's accomplishments in meeting Vision Zero commitments. The City’s goal is an achievable and measurable shorter-term target: to reverse the trend of rising injuries and deaths on Surrey’s roads and achieve a minimum 15% reduction in injury collisions over the next five years (2019-2023).

TRANSPORT CANADA - Phantom Vehicles

Transport Canada New LogoTransport Canada has announced a new lighting standard aimed at preventing phantom vehicles, or vehicles being driven at night with no rear lights illuminated. As of September 2021 the Canadian Vehicle Lighting Regulation will mandate that new vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs, 3-wheeled vehicles, motorcycles and heavy trucks) sold in Canada must implement one of the following:

LAW - ZEV Act & Regulation

NZEV SignOur provincial government has brought the majority of the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act into force effective on July 30, 2020. The aim of the act is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by regulating the sale of zero-emission vehicles. Starting in 2025, at least 10% of new light duty vehicles sold in BC must be zero emission.

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