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OPINION - Politics and Road Safety

SoapboxThis has been an interesting week for road safety. The Provincial Health Officer has released a report, Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Reducing the Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes on Health and Well-being in BC, that suggests lower speed limits in residential areas and the return of automated speed enforcement as a means of reducing injury and death on our roads. Tom Fletcher is the legislative reporter for the Black Press in Victoria. He quotes Minister Todd Stone's response to the report:

"We believe there are more effective technologies that can be employed, and frankly a better way to utilize precious police resources than to resurrect what was largely a failed photo radar program that was nothing more than a tax grab for British Columbians,"

NEWS - Electric Vehicles in HOV Lanes

HOV DecalEffective March 1, 2016 qualifying hybrid and electric vehicles with a permit and displaying an approval decal will be able to use HOV lanes on BC highways even when the required number of passengers is not met unless a sign is posted stating otherwise.

NEWS - Moving to Vision Zero

BC LogoOur provincial government has announced an update of the Road Safety Strategy 2015 to adopt a Vision Zero approach to road safety using a Safe Systems model. This means "that road safety developments must account for the inevitability of human error, limitations of the human body in withstanding force, and the responsibility of road and vehicle designers, policy makers and road users for road safety." The report acknowledges that the top three human contribution factors to road deaths and serious injury are speeding, impaired driving and distracted driving.

Q&A - What to do About a Dangerous Road Situation

Q&A ImageWell, I've seen this coming for months:

Q&A - Unlicenced Car on My Property?

Q&A ImageI live in Castlegar. I received a notice from the city Bylaw office regarding a car I have parked on my property. According to bylaw 1158 #1(h).  I am not allowed to have an "unlicensed" vehicle anywhere on my property. Am I the only one who thinks this is nuts? Its my winter car; A 2000 Chrysler Neon.

Car Jail for the Vehicles of Careless Smokers

Vehicle ImpoundWe're facing one of the more serious forest fire seasons that British Columbia has seen in recent memory. Many of these fires are caused by human activity with one of the common activities being the careless disposal of cigarette butts. The provincial government has proposed that when the careless disposal occurs from within a motor vehicle, the vehicle should be impounded for a period of time. Will this idea die a quiet death or if the pace of new fires continues, do you think this is a good solution?

E Ticketing and Ticket Dispute Adjudication

Question MarkThere was a brief flurry in the media a couple of weeks ago about the implementation of electronic traffic tickets and dispute adjudication replacing traffic court. I had not heard anything about this from the provincial government after the publication of the amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to allow the changes in 2012. Being curious, I traded e-mails with the Public Affairs office of the Ministry of Justice to see if I could learn more.

NEWS - Changes to Imported Vehicle Inspection Rules

BC FlagEffective April 1, 2015, certain privately owned vehicles will no longer have to undergo a mandatory mechanical inspection prior to be licenced by ICBC. Under the New West Partnership Agreement, vehicles imported into BC from Alberta and Saskatchewan meeting the following conditions:

NEW LAW - Motor Vehicle Amendment Act Bill 15 - 2015

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe Motor Vehicle Amendment Act Bill 15 - 2015 has passed First Reading in the legislature. Highlights of the proposed legislation include:

Slow Down Move Over Rule Amended

Effective January 1, 2015 B.C.'s Slow Down and Move Over legislation will be amended to include all vehicles that display a flashing red, blue or yellow light. The change was made to include highway maintenance workers, utility workers, land surveyors, animal control workers and garbage collectors, reducing the risk of them being struck by passing vehicles. The penalty will remain the same, a violation will cost $173 and 3 penalty points.

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