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Q&A - The Driver's Testing Gap

Q&A ImageIt has often puzzled me that we undergo rigorous testing to get a driver’s license around the age of 16 or 17, and yet are not required to take a driving test again until some time in our 80s.  In some cases, that is 60 or more years of driving without re-testing.

Q&A - Collision Statistics - Which Ones to Track?

Q&A ImageI noticed that Transport Canada reports serious injuries and the trend, as with fatal injuries, is down ward for the past 2 decades This is good news, if the numbers are accurate.

Traffic fatalities in BC had been trending down ward to 2013, but the number of casualty injuries has been increasing.

The number of casualty injuries in BC is many time higher than the serious injuries reported for all of Canada.

VIEWPOINT - Politics and Road Safety

SoapboxIt’s very interesting that some new drivers to BC can easily obtain a driver license with no written test on BC traffic laws and no road test to demonstrate competency .

Road safety should not be based on political agreements.

While many of the 12 Countries that are exempt from testing, have lower vehicle Fatality rates, Some countries have triple the Canadian average fatality rates.

NEWS - Driver's Abstracts Available On Line

ICBC LogoICBC has announced that Driver's Abstracts are now available on line for free. Drivers request a copy of their driving records on line and after satisfying security requirements receive the documents by e-mail. Drives can can also access insurance and claims history records that detail a driver's insurance coverage and claims history, for up to 20 years.

READING - Fight ICBC Fault Finding

Hergott Law logoA common question asked by visitors to this web site is "Am I at fault?" Usually this is asked in relation to a collision that they have been involved in and don't think that ICBC's apportioning of blame is fair to their circumstances. I cannot answer these questions well because traffic policing is all about criminal law and collision fault is all about civil law, which are two completely different areas of expertise. Paul Hergott of Hergott Law in Kelowna blogs regularly about legal issues and in Fight ICBC Fault Finding he suggests that small claims court is an appropriate venue.

Q&A - Someone Stole My Driver's Licence

Q&A ImageSomebody stole my wallet last May, including my driver's licence. I reported it to both ICBC and the RCMP, received a police file number and a new license.

Q&A - Minor Damage Collision - Do I Report It?

Q&A ImageWhen driving the Coquihalla highway this past Friday the 18th, I was rear ended by a small car. There was no damage to my vehicle, except for two small paint scuffs from his license plate holder, and there was no damage to his car.

Convicted for Impaired Driving in Alberta - Can I Drive in BC?

Keys and DrinkThe basis of this story comes from an inquiry posed by a young man who moved from BC to Alberta for work and was convicted for drinking and driving. He lost his job and was forced to move back home. The Justice of the Peace at the courthouse in Alberta advised that his driving prohibition was for the province of Alberta and that this should not stop him from obtaining a BC driver's licence when he returned home. The Justice of the Peace was not correct.

Q&A - Does Our Hay Trailer Need a Licence and Insurance?

Q&A ImageWe own a small ranch in BC. Our hay fields stretch out along a small public road that runs through our ranch. We have just purchased a large truck which is now insured with farm plates to haul our hay bales off of the fields. We have been told that the hay trailer being pulled by this truck needs to be liscenced.

Q&A - No Winter Tires, No Insurance Coverage?

Q&A Imagewe have hear there is a new law about winter tires that they now need to have 3 snow flakes on the tire or the insurance wont be covered is this true?

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