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I Want a New Highway Speed Limit Sign in My Neighbourhood

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Speed SignThe article that I wrote two weeks ago concerning solving your own road safety problems prompted an inquiry from the East Kootenays. The writer complained that a section of Highway 31A leaving the town of New Denver was marked with a 50 zone ends speed sign and the next kilometre or so of the road had many driveways, some intersections, a pedestrian crossing for a public trail and was regularly used by cyclists and pedestrians. Some drivers, with motorcyclists singled out for special mention, regularly travel here at speeds as high as 120 km/h. Would I please have a sign put up limiting the speed to 50 or 60 km/h here?

Enforcement of Laws Concerning Noisy Vehicles

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Fingers In EarsThe question this week revolves around vehicle noise in quiet neighbourhoods. Why don’t the municipalities do more about it asks my correspondent. This may be a case of the squeaky wheel not getting the grease!

BC's Bad Driver of the Week - EW8989

Parking lots are a bit different. On one hand, they are private property but on the other the public is invited to use them so they qualify as a highway under the Motor Vehicle Act. This means that you must obey all the usual driving rules, including stopping at stop signs. This driver appears to feel that the bigger truck gets to go first, regardless of the stop sign.

Solving Your Road Safety Problem

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construction ahead signEveryone would like to feel safe in their neighbourhood and that extends to having everyone else obey the driving rules when they are in it. So, what do you do when this is not the case? The answer depends on how much you want to become involved in the solution.

LAW - Sylvania Silver Star Headlight Class Action

It appears that sometimes you don't get what you pay for. A class action lawsuit in the US against Osram Sylvania over the advertised claims for their Silver Star headlight bulbs was successful. The suit alleged that Sylvania represented that the headlights are brighter, provide a wider beam and allow drivers to see farther down the road than standard halogen headlights. In reality, according to the suit, the company had "rigged the process" and committed consumer fraud.

CASE LAW - Olson v Farran

BC Courts Coat of ArmsShortly before 8:40 a.m. on February 17, 2011 Kristin Olson was walking along Jervis Street at Nelson Street in Vancouver, B.C. She was walking in the direction of Davie Street and stopped to watch for traffic before crossing Nelson. She observed a car driven by Ashraf Farran approaching in the distance across the traffic circle. Thinking that the Farran vehicle was not a hazard, she crossed Nelson Street. She was struck by the Farran vehicle as she reached the opposite side of the intersection. The impact threw her onto the hood of the vehicle before she fell to the pavement where she landed on her left side.

Sending Your Agent to Traffic Court

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Violation Ticket TopYou’ve waited for your day in traffic court and it’s finally drawing near. The trouble is, something unforeseen has occurred and you can’t be there in person. What to do now? Send an agent of course.

NEWS - Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review Update

BC FlagThis post implementation update was published in June, 2016.

READING - 2016 Vehicle Inspection Manual

Vehicle Inspection Manual CoverIn years past if you were curious about the rules that guided an inspector in a Designated Inspection Facility when they examined your vehicle you either had to purchase a copy of the Vehicle Inspection Manual or visit your local library to read it. While researching another topic this morning I came across a link to the 2016 version of the manual on the Queen's Printer's web site. Hopefully the link will remain active.

Update July 19, 2016: Looks like access to the full file has been removed.

Dispute a Traffic Ticket Penalty Without Attending Court

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Violation Ticket TopAre you guilty of the offence shown on the violation ticket but unable to pay the ticketed amount? In many cases you can have the fine reviewed and set to a penalty more appropriate for your circumstances without having to set foot in traffic court. When the penalty cannot be reduced or you need both a reduction and time to pay, that can be accomplished as well. All you need to do is to complete and submit two forms for the judicial justice to review.

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