Q&A - Driving While Wearing Hearing Protection
What are the laws in BC about wearing hearing protection while operating a non-commercial vehicle?
I drive a diesel panel van, and the noise level in the cab is VERY high at highway speeds - to the point that conversation is difficult and my ears ring after extended drives. I am concerned about hearing damage, so would like to wear hearing protection.
I have found many options... There are electronic “active” noise cancelling devices, and “passive” noise attenuation devices. Both types are available as “in ear” plugs or as a head-band style over-the-ear headphone. After some testing I have found active noise cancelling ear buds to be very effective, but am concerned about their legality. Nothing dampens a vacation like a $365 traffic citation...
I have read the electronic devices regulation and understand I can legally use a cell phone hands-free while wearing one earpiece, but there is no mention in the regulation about wearing electronic devices for hearing protection, and I have not found hearing protection mentioned anywhere in the BC Highway Act.
So, are drivers allowed to wear hearing protection while operating Class 5 vehicles on public highways, and if so are there any restrictions on the type?