Vehicles need to be winter ready

Winter weather is just around the corner and the ministry is reminding motorists that B.C.'s winter tire rules are in effect.

Winter weather is just around the corner and the ministry is reminding motorists that B.C.’s winter tire rules are in effect.

That means drivers will be required to equip their vehicles with winter tires if they plan to travel on certain highways in the North, the Interior, the South Coast and Vancouver Island.

“Drivers who travel on high mountain passes and designated routes where weather can suddenly change need to make sure their vehicles are winter ready,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

“We want to be certain drivers are prepared for unpredictable and changing driving conditions. Make sure you are using winter tires that are in good condition, with solid treads, and adjusting your speed to match road and weather conditions.”

In B.C., winter tires are defined as those labelled with either the Mountain Snowflake symbol or the Mud and Snow (M+S) symbol.

Winter tires must be in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres, and must be used on designated highways Oct. 1 to Mar. 31.

Drivers are also reminded to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather.

Commercial vehicles that are 27,000 kg gross volume weight (GVW) and greater, such as tractor trailers, are required to carry chains on the designated routes. The ministry recommends that commercial vehicle drivers keep chains onboard at all times and must be prepared to install them when conditions warrant.

Check DriveBC.ca for the latest for latest highway conditions, highway cams, route forecasts and delay information.

Quick Facts:

* Drivers who don’t have the proper winter tires on their vehicle on

the designated routes can receive a fine of $121.

* Drivers who don’t have the minimum tread depth on their tires (3.5mm)

on the designated routes can receive a fine of $109.

For more information on winter tire and chain requirements in B.C., go to: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/traveller-information/seasonal/winter-driving/winter-tires-and-

chains/about-winter-tires

For information on winter driving preparation and tips, visit the

“Shift Into Winter” website at: http://shiftintowinter.ca/

 

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