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Information relating to the government and traffic laws.

NEWS - Changes to Motorcycle Safety Laws

BC FlagThe Minister of Justice announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Act affecting motorcycle helmets and motorcycle passengers. Effective June 1, 2012 all motorcycle riders who are not exempt will have to wear an approved motorcycle helmet that bears approval markings showing that they comply with established standards.

Should My Driving Record be Available to the Public?

AngelYesterday's edition of the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper contained an article about Justice Minister Shirley Bond considering making the driving record of B.C. drivers public knowledge. The idea is that if conventional methods of convincing drivers to follow the driving rules are not successful, then it is time to find other solutions. This one would be aimed at embarrassing a non-compliant driver publicly.

Canada's Road Safety Strategy 2015

ReThink LogoWe reach the mid-point of Canada's Road Safety Vision 2015 in only a few more months. I'm not going to ask if you are doing something to meet the goals of the program, I'm going to ask you if you have ever heard of the program. One would think that given the cost of motor vehicle collisions to each of us that this would be a topic of some interest and widely publicized.

RESOURCE - How Busy is the Highway?

Vancouver Highway TrafficHow busy are our highways? Quoting from their web site, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's Traffic Data Program monitors traffic volumes at several locations throughout the province. This information is used by ministry staff to help support planning, design, construction, and operation of the Ministry road network.

45 Deaths that Didn't Occur

Keys and DrinkI'm no stranger to death by automobile. It was never a pleasure to investigate fatalities and for me there was no satisfaction in the successful prosecution of the impaired driver that caused them. Many more people than the direct victims were hurt and I knew that the only way I could really contribute was to hunt down the impaired driver and stop them.

RESOURCE - Keeping Canadians Safe Through Improved Road Design

Transport Canada LogoFrom the web site description: "Have you ever driven over rumble strips and wondered how many lives they have saved? Or perhaps you have noticed roundabouts being installed near your home and wondered why they are safer than intersections with stop signs or traffic signals.

VIEWPOINT - Mandatory Parking Lots for Bars

MegaphoneThoughts that make you go "hmmm..." This article by Eric de Place looks at civic government and the laws for the provision of parking at businesses. Why do they mandate parking at drinking establishments? Perhaps parking should be forbidden there, after all, we don't want people to drink and drive!

RECREATION VEHICLES - Truck Tractor RV's Exempt from Semi Annual Inspection

RV SemiB.C.'s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Circular 05-11 announces that truck tractors used for non-commercial purposes licensed for pleasure use under specified rate classes are exempt from periodic inspections required by the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP).

NEWS - Use of Alternative Traction Devices

MOTI BannerIn January 2011 CVSE announced that an alternative to conventional tire chains was now being allowed in British Columbia for commercial vehicles. The bulletin said that the use of pneumatic automatically deployed tire chains for commercial vehicles will fulfill the requirements of section 208 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

NEWS - Federal Government Backs Down on Child Seat Regulation Implementation

Transport Canada New LogoWhen the federal government implemented new standards for Child Seats in the Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations the manufacturers had until January 1, 2011 to comply. This deadline has now been extended to December 31, 2011.

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