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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.

NEWS - Street Racing Vehicles Forfeited

BC FlagThe 2008 Ferrari Scuderia and 2008 BMW M6 used in a near 200 km/h street race on the Mount Seymour access have been seized under the BC civil forfeiture rules and will be sold at auction. The proceeds will be divided up among the owners, drivers and the province.

NEWS - BC Tightens Control on Inspection Facilities

BC FlagThe BC Government has announced that the Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement inspectors now have enhanced authority under the Motor Vehicle Act to administer Designated Inspection Facilities and to cancel the authorization of inspectors who fail to follow policy or the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations.

NEWS - Canada's Toughest Impaired Driving Penalties

BC FlagBritish Columbia will have Canada's toughest impaired driving penalties when new laws become effective on September 20, 2010. The limits of zero for new drivers, 50 mg% (.05) for a 24 hour suspension and 80 mg% (.08) for criminal impaired driving charge have not changed, rather the penalties for those who disregard them have become much harsher.

NEWS - Enhanced License Plate Removal

B.C.'s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) has implemented a program aimed at removing commercial vehicles with serious equipment defects from our highways. The program applies to commercial vehicles with a GVW over 5,000 kg that are part of the National Safety Code Program.

NEWS - Toughest Ever Testing Standards for Child Car Seats

Transport Canada LogoCanada's testing standards for child safety seats will be second to none when they are implemented on January 1, 2011. Children today are heavier and require that safety standards keep pace in order to take this into account and provide sufficient protection.

RESOURCE - European Commission Road Safety Web Site

European Commission Road SafetyRoad safety resources from around the world may be useful to drivers in B.C. After all, the task of driving skillfully and responsibly is the same no matter where you are. This site contains something of interest for everyone, from the driver to enforcement to government. Take a look.

NEWS - Targeting Bad Driving Pays Off in Lives Saved

BC FlagVICTORIA – Sixty fewer lives were lost and 4,196 fewer injuries resulted from motor vehicle crashes in 2008 compared to 2007, due to a concerted effort by a 110-member integrated traffic safety unit that works alongside local traffic police to make British Columbia roads safer.

READING - More Large Trucks on BC Highways

Oversize TruckThe chances of meeting a very large truck on BC highways has increased again. In order to haul wood chips and wood residuals efficiently due to their lower weight for a given volume, the province will be permitting super B trains with lengths of up to 27.5 meters (90 feet) and heights of up to 4.45 meters (14 feet 8 inches) on certain highways.

BULLETIN - BC Motorcycle Inspections

Ministry of Transportation logoCommercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement is aware of provincial vehicle inspections being conducted on manufactured Restricted Use Motorcycles (RUM). These vehicles are identified as vehicle type ‘RUM’ on the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) compliance label.

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