VIEWPOINT - No One Ever Has the Right of Way
On this site and elsewhere, it is sometimes asserted that under BC law, no one ever "has the right of way" -- that right of way can only be yielded. That is contradicted by the following from the Act:
These sections pertain to pedestrians, specifying when and where they do, in fact, have the right of way.
As for drivers, the reason the Act doesn't attach right of way to one driver over another is that doing so would lay down an absolute -- but an absolute that's unworkable. This is because in almost any situation there could be other contingencies which would trump the driver's normal precedence. For example, how can a driver have a mandated "right of way" but then lose that precedence to an approaching emergency vehicle displaying lights and siren?
The Act can't be written to prescribe who has the right of way except for such-and-such and unless such-and-such. Much better to specify who needs to yield.
On the other hand, in the above cited parts of the Act, the pedestrian does have the right of way as an absolute, even over that emergency vehicle.