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LEGISLATION - The Cannabis Control and Licensing Act

No CannabisOur provincial government is preparing for the decriminalization of the use of marihuana. As alcohol is currently regulated under the Liquour Control and Licensing Act (LCLA), cannabis will be regulated under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (CCLA). Specific sections of the Act govern possession and use in motor vehicles.

READING - Changing Driving Laws to Support Automated Vehicles

NTC LogoGovernments are faced with the prospect of preparing for the operation of self driving vehicles on our highways. Probably chief among the considerations is who is responsible if the automated vehicle causes a crash.

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.

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,

Making Bad Drivers Pay

Bad Driver on Board SignLast week we looked at how we might define a bad driver. Views were varied, but there were two well thought out responses that did more than just express an opinion. This week, let's look at how bad drivers pay for the risk that they present to others using our highways.

Q&A - How Do We Increase Enforcement On Our Highways?

Q&A ImageI have lived in the southern interior of BC . for just over 20 years .

I ‘m told that through my work experience , driving of commercial trucks as well as my own personal vehicles , I am considered to be a professional driver. I am currently semi – retired and drive a school bus for a local school district .

VIEWPOINT - Coquihalla Road Maintenance

SoapboxI find it interesting that following 2 serious crashes, Neil Menard, the mayor of Merritt, has been taking shots at the maintenance crews that are responsible for the Coquihalla.

HERGOTT LAW - Would Increasing Distracted Driving Penalties Actually Make the Problem Worse?

Hergott Law logoPaul Hergott is a personal injury lawyer that practices in Kelowna are regularly writes on road safety. His latest article examines what might happen when the government increases the penalties for distracted driving. The position that he takes is that this could increase the problem by driving everyone to switch to hands free technologies.

DATA - RoadSafetyBC Statistics

New BC LogoData BC's data catalogue contains 20 datasets for RoadSafetyBC that include a wide variety of data about motor vehicle collisions in our province. It also contains sets for Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP), vehicle impounds and other driving prohibitions.

BILL M221 - The Rideshare Enabling Act

BC Legislative AssemblySubmitted by Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver on April 25, 2016, the Rideshare Enabling Act is a private members bill that has not progressed past first reading in the legislature to date. Private members bills rarely become law.

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