Turns

Information related to turning a vehicle.

Q&A - Yielding to a Left Turning Vehicle

Yield SignQ: I have a question that I have been unable to find an answer for in the BC Motor Vehicle Act, on your site or through a Google search.... I'm hoping you can please help.

Q&A - Who Goes First, Left Turn or Straight Through?

Q&A ImageQ: I'm looking for your assistance in settling a debate. This depicts the camera vehicle making a left turn in front of a vehicle proceeding straight through the intersection around a left turning vehicle. The camera operator is of the thought that since there is only one lane of travel that the vehicle should have waited behind the left turning vehicle and that the camera operator had the right of way. The white vehicle made an illegal pass on the right.

CASE LAW - Banic-Govc v Timm

BC Courts Coat of ArmsNada Banic-Govc was approaching the exit of a parking lot at a slow speed intending to exit onto 1st Avenue in Surrey, B.C. by turning right. Gregory Timm approached the parking lot on 1st Avenue intending to turn left and enter it. The two drivers collided in the parking lot exit.

Q&A - Turning right off Canada Way onto Kensington

Q&A ImageTheres another article in Burnaby Now about RCMP ticketing drivers that are skipping the two dedicated turn lanes and make a simple right turn at the intersection proper.

Q&A - Turning left across a median, which route to take?

Q&A ImageA topic came up in local Reddit forum today, with an equal split of opinions, both sides being adamant that their approach is correct. When turning left across a median, is it the red line that drivers should take or the blue?

overhead view of intersection

CASE LAW - Truax v Hryb

BC Courts Coat of ArmsHarvey Truax stopped his empty B train combination on the shoulder of Highway 1 near Sorrento, B.C. He allowed the 4 vehicles that had been following him to pass by before he started to make a left turn across the highway into a pullout. His left signal was in operation and he had 300 to 400 m. of highway visible behind him. Finding no overtaking traffic, he began to move from the shoulder into the pullout across the highway.

Q&A - Hung Up in the Right Turn Lane

Q&A ImageOften, if heading north when I am on Bowen Road I will make a left turn at the Co-op bar (just above the Toyota and other car dealerships), I then turn right onto Shenton Road and run parallel to the old Island Highway until I pass Steve Marshall Ford where I use the right hand turn lane to join the traffic on Jingle Pot road and move over a lane to be able to turn left at the traffic lights onto the Old Island Hwy, heading north

Q&A - Right Turns After the Turn Lane

Q&A ImageA few of us have recently been discussing whether a certain type of turn is legal or not, with differing opinions. I'm hoping someone here might be able to settle the matter.

There are many intersections with a channelized right turn lane, where drivers turning right are separated by a small island from through and/or left turning traffic. Here's an example of one of these intersections:

Q&A - To Turn Left or Not to Turn Left

Q&A ImageOn the East side of this intersection there is a parking lot with apartments, a hotel, shopping etc. On the West side there is a 7-11 gas station, grocery store, bank etc. The West side has a meridian for entering/exiting. The only signage is for merging & do not enters. There is no signage that states you cannot turn left to go Northbound on the Highway.

CASE LAW - R v Ward

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is the story about a fatal collision between an SUV and a motorcycle at the intersection of the Shawnigan Lake Road and the Trans-Canada Highway near the village of Shawnigan Lake on July 7, 2014. Shannon Ward was traveling eastbound on Shawnigan Lake Road and had stopped for the stop sign at the intersection with the Trans-Canada Highway. She waited for a break in traffic and began to turn left and proceed northbound. She failed to see a southbound motorcycle driven by Gerald Loiselle and a collision resulted. Mr. Loiselle died at the scene.

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