Q&A - Passing on Single Solid Yellow Line
Q: I was driving down Pinetree Way in Coquitlam, BC, and had a slow driver in front of me, maybe driving about 25 to 30 km/h. After passing intersection of Tanager Court, I passed the slow car since there was no other traffic on both sides and safe to do so. The slow car turned out to be an unmarked police vehicle and I was stopped right away.
The officer gave me two tickets, Speed in Municipality 146(1), and Lane Change Cross Solid Line 151(b) MVA.
At the end he said "I wanted to turn left on Cardinal Court and the reason I didn't and we didn't bump to each other is that I saw you on my blind spot."
My questions are:
- Can we pass a slow driver who is driving less than speed limit, even if crossing a single solid yellow line, with extreme caution?
- If this officer wanted to turn left, he should have had his signal on. How should I know what he wanted to do on next intersection?
- The section 151(b) doesn't apply in my case since there were not two or more marked lanes for us travelling in the same direction.
I am a professional driver having been taxi driver for more than 10 years and have been driving instructor for more than two years. I know about speeds, lines, etc.
This incident was more like a trap, as he was looking for a subject to issue a ticket. In my opinion he should have been given a ticket for his slow driving on a single lane traffic.
Now I am going to dispute the ticket but wanted to make sure about my situation and rights before going to court.