Slow Driving

Slow DriverHave you ever touched on the subject of drivers doing 5 to 15km below the posted speed limit? It's extremely annoying. The passing lanes are usually not available due to Murphy's Law, and the 4 lane stretches are great when you find one, but never when you need them! And the oddest thing happens on these 4 lane stretches; the folks who were going under the speed limit suddenly go 'over' the speed limit!

I will add one observation to this reader's, and that is drivers of vehicles like these either have never used their rear view mirrors or are completely oblivious of the parade behind them.

Slow driving is different in law than speeding. With speeding, if you are over the limit you are in breach of the law. However, if driving under the speed limit is necessary for the safe operation of your vehicle you have an excuse for impeding traffic. That is, until an officer tells you to speed up or to remove your vehicle from the highway until the officer gives permission to continue.

In short, there is no offence in driving slowly unless you do not have a safety reason or are driving contrary to the officer's instructions.

This brings us to courtesy and self preservation. Obstructing traffic will eventually provoke someone into passing, perhaps in a manner that is dangerous due to their impatience. If you have to drive slowly, keep an eye on those behind. Pull off the road and stop frequently to let others by and then continue at the pace you require to be safe.

When I did speed enforcement I allowed the same room under the speed limit that I allowed over it. I also kept an eye on advisory signs and rarely found a driver outside on the low side but frequently found them outside on the high side. Some slow driving complaints may be made by drivers who need to relax a bit behind the wheel themselves.

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slow driving

Well policing again is at odds with what ICBC says and regulates during a driver exam.  If a person on a road test is doing roughly 10+ km under the speed limit AND they are holding up traffic WHICH causes another vehicle to try to pass, honk or continually flash their lights (Make it apparent that they are annoyed and could precipitate a road rage incident or illegal manouever) then the examinee would fail the road test due to the dangerous action of impeding traffic.  It happens frequently on road test (this is one of the common reasons that I would disqualify an examinee).  The speed limit is just that...a set speedx for that road under normal driving conditions.  Of course if the conditions are adverse then allowances are made to a reasonable amount.

ICBC Policy

Interesting to know this, however, don't be so quick to say that policing is at odds with what ICBC says. ICBC policy and the law are two entirely different things. You are guided by ICBC policy when doing a road test. The police are guided by the law when they do enforcement. As you will see with you read the Motor Vehicle Act section on slow driving, the driver is allowed to travel at a speed slower than the limit if it is necessary to be safe.

Slow driving

My point was that excessively slow driving is considered to be a dangerous action in some cases but not all by ICBC.  If you see my last sentence in the original posting it clearly points to this as an acceptable allowance during a road test and optherwise.

Many officers, not all, frown heavily on doing a turn in the middle of a street....yet we test on 3 point turns.  The law an its interpretation is open to to just that: Interpretation.  The police are required to know so many ofthe MVA regulations that for many it can only be a surface knowledge so to speak. Don't misinterpret what I mean by any means please; I could not be paid enough to do their job most of the time and have the utmost respect for the majority of the officers cleaning up the mess society leaves behind.

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