Miscellaneous

Information regarding topics that don't fit in established categories.

Q&A - Does a Good Driving Record Count in Traffic Court?

Q&A ImageLast week I received my first ticket in 41 years of driving. I had recently started driving taxi part time in Nanaimo. At the end of a 9 hr shift I dropped the taxi off and got into my own car. Five minutes later I went through a school zone without slowing down, having missed the school zone sign.

This was ironic because I had been slowing down for school zones all day but became complacent after finishing work.

Q&A - Defendant Changes Their Mind on the Plea Agreement

Q&A ImageI sat in court to see what it is like in traffic court as I have never been to one before. I noticed that on many occasions, the officer would take the defendants outside of the courtroom to speak to them about their plea to the court. 

Q&A - Bumper and Headlight Heights

Q&A ImageI have done some of my own research but all the info I've found is from years ago, and I'm curious if laws have changed.

I'm in the process of buying a suspension lift for my vehicle and was curious of bumper height and headlight height requirements so I can remain legal.

NEWS - Electric Vehicles in HOV Lanes

HOV DecalEffective March 1, 2016 qualifying hybrid and electric vehicles with a permit and displaying an approval decal will be able to use HOV lanes on BC highways even when the required number of passengers is not met unless a sign is posted stating otherwise.

Q&A - Using My Driveway to Turn Around

Q&A ImageI was hoping if someone could point me in the direction of any laws on cars using private driveways to turn around. I have many cars using my driveway to do two-point turns to change directions and it's driving me a bit crazy. One car nearly hit my daughter who was in the driveway having just got out of my car. I don't think they even noticed the toddler they came three feet from running over. In my own driveway.

What We Think We Know

BrainI find the interaction that I have with others on the subject of driving and traffic laws very interesting. Some people illustrate their points with incorrect information, some find that even after years of driving they don't have basic knowledge and I am always learning something new for myself. It's definitely beneficial to me and I hope that I am helping others by writing these articles.

VIDEO - Why You Need to Clean ALL the Snow Off Your Vehicle

video iconIt's easy to be lazy and just clean the windows of your vehicle in snowy weather. Leaving a little light snow to blow off isn't a big deal. However, when the snow is left there and turns into ice, the result of having a chunk of it blow off at speed can be serious. In this video a large chunk shatters the windshield of the vehicle following behind. Imagine what it might have done to an unlucky pedestrian.

Q&A - BC Resident Using My Alberta Address

Q&A ImageI know a guy who has lived in BC for well over 25 years and still holds a Alberta drivers Licence and registration. At one time he used my husbands and my address. Now we are in BC and switched over as soon as we got here. He is still using the address of our previous house, that we dont even own. Now we are moving back to Alberta and I know he is going to use our address again. I don't know what to do.

Reporting Air Pollution from Vehicles

Smoking ExhaustA visitor to the site has asked the following: "I have seen a few trucks driving around residential areas that are really polluting. I wanted to report them somewhere with the hope of them getting a notice or something to hopefully look after this issue. I cannot find a phone number or an email where this can be done. Do you know how can I report this truck?" It's a great question as vehicles like this affect the air that you and I breathe. We should have some method to deal with problem vehicles that we encounter in our day to day life.

VIDEO - How a Driverless Car Sees the Road

video iconFrom the video's description on the TED web site:

Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.

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