Tuesday, February 27, 2024

BC raises fines for truckers driving without chains during winter season


Commercial truckers will soon face higher fines for not having chains on their tires as well as not installing them during mandatory chain ups on British Columbia highways. 

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure,  fines will be raised from $121 to $196, which may come as a shock to commercial drivers across the province. 

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The $121 amount was set in 2017, at the time a $10 increase from the previous fine amount, providing for a rude awakening to those making their living driving across snowy terrain.

These fines will go into effect on October 1st, which is typically when winter tire and chain-up regulations begin on most B.C. highways.

For those who fail to install chains during mandatory chain ups, there will be a heftier fine of $598. The stricter penalties support the enhanced chain-up regulations set in place in November 2018 to provide overall reliability and safety for B.C. highways during winter conditions. 

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The fine increases were not implemented last year as the Ministry wanted to provide time for the industry to adjust to these newer regulations.

Previous regulations only required trucks over 27,000 kilograms to carry and use traction devices, with only one wheel needing chains during winter conditions and mandatory chain ups. 

Below are the listed requirements for all commercial vehicles over 5,000 kilograms:

  • Vehicles with licensed gross vehicle weights less than 11,794 kilograms, like buses or five-ton trucks, must use chains on a minimum of two tires and can use steel chains, cable chains, automatic chains, socks or wheel sanders if not equipped with winter tires.
  • Vehicles weighing more must use steel chains. The number of tires needing chains ranges from a minimum of two tires for vehicles without a trailer, to six tires on some larger and more-demanding configurations.

Click here for more information on regulations.

Joel Brewster
Junior staff writer at Victoria Buzz. Have a story idea? Send it over: joel@victoriabuzz.com

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