Police Are Exempt From Laws

I was reading the following news story: Calgary driver fined $155 for plate-obscuring bike rack also seen on police vehicles

There is a quote from a Calgary police officer: “Police are exempt from laws, but still if it was going to be a protracted event where that bike rack is going to be on that vehicle for a while, we share the same obligation as we do with our motoring public,”

I am curious about how this works within BC. I assumed that the police were subject to the same laws as anyone else while operating a motor vehicle outside of emergency situations. Can anyone enlighten me?



Unless the Act has changed over the last few years, police officers are only permitted to deactivate the DRL's when sitting doing surveillance. They are not permitted to deactivate while in motion.

Unfortunately many are not up on the rules and regulations and in some areas I suspect the commanding officer has made it a policy of all vehicles in their jurisdiction to turn them off.

Personally I would like to see greater enforcement of DRL's and forget about things like seatbelts.


I don't know how it works in Alberta, but here in B.C. the police are generally not exempt from the requirement to properly display licence plates on the vehicles that they drive.

The Motor Vehicle Act does provide some exemptions in section 122, but this applies to disregarding rules to allow them to close the distance, pursue offenders or respond to emergencies.

Some exemptions for the Regulations may be granted by the government. The best instance I can relate is the ability to disable daytime running lights so that you can approach a potentially dangerous scene without announcing yourself.


based on the number of vehicles I see with non-functional DRL...I wonder if everyone is exempt from having operational daytime running lights :-)  (Weirdly high number of newish Nissans for some reason or other)

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