Snow Socks Now Approved for BC Use
As of Sept 22, 2015, commercial vehicles in BC may use textile tire covers (also called alternative traction devices or snow socks) as an alternative to chains during winter months.
Snow socks are fabric covers that slip over tires to provide additional traction in icy and snowy conditions. They are made from textiles with the fibres arranged at a right angle to the direction of travel and they wick away water between the tire and the road, all of which creates improved grip. Snow socks are reputed to be easier to install and remove than chains, as well as being lighter in weight.
The BC Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations (7.001) now defines permitted “traction devices” to include “textile covers.”
The new amendments also clarifies that wherever signs indicate commercial vehicles must carry chains in BC, snow socks are now an acceptable, legal alternative.
CVSE reminds operators; however, that if a vehicle becomes stuck and blocks a road, it must be removed at the owner’s expense. Operators are responsible for choosing effective traction devices for their own vehicles.
- For more details on the MVA/MVR amendments – click here
- For more information on traction devices – click here
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Original source: BCTA – Snow socks approved for BC use