Q&A - Can a B.C. Notice & Order #2 be Enforced on an Alberta Vehicle?
QUESTION: I'm an Alberta driver visiting BC. I went through a check stop where I was told to pull over and they were going to write me a notice and order for my windshield. One of the other cops walked over while she was in the middle of writing that ticket and told her to make it a number two. Now is this even enforceable on an Alberta vehicle?
Since the consequence for it is ICBC seizing the vehicle? I'm not insured with them I'm insured in Alberta so there's no reason why they should be able to take my car. That is theft.
My vehicle is in great operating condition probably still won't pass an inspection because it's an out of province inspection.
I'm in Victoria where you can get the crappiest truck out of some farmers field and insure it without an inspection so why does an unqualified cop get to tell me you go get an inspection in the first place?
Seems like overreach to me.
ANSWER: You have been issued a legal document by police under the Motor Vehicle Act. The order requires that you do the following:
The vehicle described on the Notice and Order must be inspected promptly at a Designated Inspection Facility. Should it not comply with the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations it must be repaired immediately and, within 30 days of this Notice, a passed inspection report completed by an Authorized Inspector ust be submitted to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.
As with all legal documents issued by police, there are consequences for non-compliance. In this case it could be a fine, seizure of the vehicle licence and number plates and a tow truck if the vehicle is found on a highway in B.C. It does not matter that the vehicle is not registered or licensed in B.C.
The vehicle is not impounded, it is simply removed from the highway. You could choose to have it towed to your residence if you wished to.
In addition, ICBC records the information and will not allow licence transactions until the order has been complied with. That may be a moot point for you as your vehicle might have to undergo inspection and have any necessary repairs completed if you moved to B.C. and try to import it from Alberta.
Like any other professional, police officers are trained. I received CVSA inspection training in addition to what essentially amounted to on the job training working along side more experienced officers, CVSE Area Vehicle Inspectors and what I learned from working on my own vehicles. Some people that I worked with were licensed mechanics before they became police officers.
A defect is a defect regardless of the province. If you compared regulations from B.C. against the equivalent in Alberta I suspect that you would find they are pretty much the same.