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.

Dispute a Traffic Ticket Penalty Without Attending Court

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.

CASE LAW - R v Nguyen

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is a case where a series of bad decisions and defective equipment led to the death of a pedestrian walking on a path beside the highway at Ucluelet. Van Nho Nguyen had performed maintenance on the rear brakes of his truck that resulted in those brakes not functioning correctly. He attached an overloaded boat trailer that had the surge brake removed to the truck and drove from Toquart Bay to Ucluelet. On the way, Mr. Nguyen lost control of the combination. The trailer struck Ms. Lorraine Ennis, who was walking on a pedestrian path beside the highway, dragged her approximately 15 metres, and killed her.

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Regulations Offences 2015

Ticket WriterHere's the list showing totals for tickets written under B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act Regulations during 2015. It accompanies the list of Motor Vehicle Act tickets for 2015 that appears on its own.

How Does a Pedestrian Scramble Across the Road?

Pedestrian Scramble SignI had the pleasure of visiting Banff, Alberta as a tourist this spring. The downtown area of the city has been remade with pedestrians in mind. The sidewalks are wide, speed limits are reduced and the three pedestrian scrambles move a lot of people more safely than the conventional intersection. Clearly, pedestrians are a welcome part of traffic in the core area.

DATA - Motor Vehicle Act Offences 2015

Ticket WriterLast year I wrote "The Police Never Write Tickets For..." in respose to those who complained on the subject but really had no idea of whether their belief was true or not. After looking at the list, they could either justify their complaint or be satisfied that the opposite was really true. Here's the 2015 version of the list showing totals for tickets written under B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act:

Is Slow Driving Unacceptable?

Slow DriverArgh! The driver in front of me is not doing the speed limit! Yes, I’ll admit that I often feel the this way, even when the speed differential is as low as 5 to 10 km/h. I have to tell myself to relax and follow along until there is a safe opportunity to pass by or even be satisfied with reducing my own speed to match and not worrying about it. The trouble is, that only works if you don’t have a schedule to keep and in some circumstances slow driving can be dangerous.

CASE LAW - R v Drake

BC Courts Coat of ArmsOn September 21, 2014 Barry Drake was driving a vehicle on Loughborough Drive in Campbell River, B.C. He was a prohibited driver and had decided to "do doughnuts" in a residential area that is part of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation’s Reserve. The street is marked with a sign that reads “You Are Now Entering Private Land - Please Drive carefully.”

Complaints Anonymous - A Traffic Violator Database Proposal

GrumpyI never know what I will find when I check the DriveSmartBC e-mail in-box. Today’s gem came from someone who identifies themself as Grumpy and suggested that they were thinking that maybe I could use the web site to contain a database such that when a bad driver is witnessed, the public could enter the details of the driving offence. No personal information need be provided.

B.C.'s Bad Driver of the Week 3

Here's a driver that is not paying attention. He stops for the red light, but when the left turn arrow comes on for his direction and the truck on his right turns right on red, he decides that it's time to go and drives through the red shining brightly above his lane. Good thing that the left turn driver on the far side of the intersection is paying attention!

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