Miscellaneous

Information regarding topics that don't fit in established categories.

Leaving Your Vehicle Unsecured

Lock CarRecent social media posts are rehashing a story from last summer in Nanaimo where a woman received a traffic ticket for leaving her parked vehicle unattended with the doors unlocked and the windows rolled down.

How Wide? How Long? How High?

Measuring TapeHow Wide? How Long? How High? These questions, when asked in relation to vehicles and their loads, probably bring large commercial vehicles to mind for most drivers. The Commercial Transport Regulations do set out the maximum dimensions for commercial vehicles and their loads. The Motor Vehicle Act Regulations take a legal short cut and apply them and some other provisions to light vehicles too.

READING - Vision Zero International, June 2014

Vision Zero International LogoVision Zero showcases cutting edge technology designed to improve the safety of road users. The June 2014 edition includes:

RESOURCE - Watch Out For Walt!

WaltWalt is a fictional person of low moral character created by the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia. He is also a curber, someone who sells vehicles at the side of the road to unsuspecting buyers. A series of articles featuring Walt explain how he buys problem vehicles and then sells them for profit by deceit. Once the vehicle is sold, the problems become evident and Walt is nowhere to be found. With no recourse, the buyer is left with significant financial losses.

Of Course He Has a Driver's Licence

Vehicle ImpoundI arrived part way though a story unfolding in the Driver Service Center today. As I sat down, I saw a middle aged woman indicate a young man to the clerk and comment something to the effect of "at least he has a valid licence." It quickly became apparent that she trying to initiate the review of the impoundment of her vehicle and that one of her children driving it without a valid driver's licence had triggered the impound.

VIDEO - Drowsy Driving, You Can't Fight Sleep

video iconBetter than singing, turning up the radio, driving with the window down or stopping periodically for exercise, if you are too tired to drive, sleep is the only remedy. A 15 minute nap possibly coupled with consumption of some strong coffee might get you to a point where you can continue for another hour or two. There is no better position to be in than that of being well rested before driving.

RESEARCH - Rethinking Streets

Road ConstructionThe web site describes this publication as "Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations, documents twenty-five case studies from around the country that helped facilitate more walking, biking, and transit use while enhancing commercial activity, with minimal to no negative impact on automobile access."

Turn Signals are not Always a Polite Request

Turn SignalEvery now and again I end up scratching my head and wondering why I didn't think of it that way. This is one of those times and it has to do with turn signals. Ask most drivers what they mean and the response will probably be that a turn signal is a request to change direction or move from lane to lane. That isn't necessarily so.

Your Worship, the Officer was a Jerk!

GavelYou've just received a traffic ticket and that fact hasn't shed any sunshine on your day. It's bad enough that this has happened, but from your point of view the officer was less than gracious when they issued it to you. I'll dispute the ticket and tell the court exactly what I think may cross your mind as you consider your situation. Surely the justice will see my point and give me a break!

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Overweight

cameraThis interesting looking vehicle was checked at the Parksville weigh scale. As evidenced by the tops of the rear tires almost scrubbing against the top of the wheel wells, it was considerably overweight. Commercial trucks are not the only vehicles on the highway that may be removed from the highway if safe loading rules are not followed, this one was too. The driver likely didn't need to look at the vehicle capacity ratings on the sticker in the driver's door opening area to know that he should not have loaded the car like this, but if he had, it would have told him the maximum safe weights for the load.

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