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Information relating to the government and traffic laws.

NEWS - Canada's Toughest Impaired Driving Penalties

BC FlagBritish Columbia will have Canada's toughest impaired driving penalties when new laws become effective on September 20, 2010. The limits of zero for new drivers, 50 mg% (.05) for a 24 hour suspension and 80 mg% (.08) for criminal impaired driving charge have not changed, rather the penalties for those who disregard them have become much harsher.

NEWS - Enhanced License Plate Removal

B.C.'s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) has implemented a program aimed at removing commercial vehicles with serious equipment defects from our highways. The program applies to commercial vehicles with a GVW over 5,000 kg that are part of the National Safety Code Program.

NEWS - Toughest Ever Testing Standards for Child Car Seats

Transport Canada LogoCanada's testing standards for child safety seats will be second to none when they are implemented on January 1, 2011. Children today are heavier and require that safety standards keep pace in order to take this into account and provide sufficient protection.

RESOURCE - European Commission Road Safety Web Site

European Commission Road SafetyRoad safety resources from around the world may be useful to drivers in B.C. After all, the task of driving skillfully and responsibly is the same no matter where you are. This site contains something of interest for everyone, from the driver to enforcement to government. Take a look.

NEWS - Targeting Bad Driving Pays Off in Lives Saved

BC FlagVICTORIA – Sixty fewer lives were lost and 4,196 fewer injuries resulted from motor vehicle crashes in 2008 compared to 2007, due to a concerted effort by a 110-member integrated traffic safety unit that works alongside local traffic police to make British Columbia roads safer.

READING - More Large Trucks on BC Highways

Oversize TruckThe chances of meeting a very large truck on BC highways has increased again. In order to haul wood chips and wood residuals efficiently due to their lower weight for a given volume, the province will be permitting super B trains with lengths of up to 27.5 meters (90 feet) and heights of up to 4.45 meters (14 feet 8 inches) on certain highways.

BULLETIN - BC Motorcycle Inspections

Ministry of Transportation logoCommercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement is aware of provincial vehicle inspections being conducted on manufactured Restricted Use Motorcycles (RUM). These vehicles are identified as vehicle type ‘RUM’ on the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) compliance label.

READING - Guidelines for the Development of Road Safety Master Plans

City of TshwaneThe City of Tshwane in South Africa has created a successful road safety plan and has generously shared their documentation of Guidelines for the Development of Road Safety Master Plans. This process could be applied equally well here in British Columbia.

NEWS - Traffic Fine Revenues Returned to Local Governments

BC FlagThe BC Ministry of Community Development announced today that $63 Million from traffic fines are being returned to local governments to "hire more officers and invest in local projects, ranging from youth outreach and drug awareness programs to traffic safety."

PROGRAMS - Save Your Money and the Environment

Go GreenIt's time to get that old, inefficient vehicle off the road and trade up to a new, fuel efficient vehicle to reduce your carbon footprint and your contribution to air pollution. If you are in the market for a new car, the right choice can mean significant rebates on the purchase of specific fuel efficient vehicles, both hybrid and non-hybrid. In order to shop wisely, plan ahead and visit the links below for more information.

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