Winter Tires in BC
Rapid changes in elevation and weather can make highway driving conditions in B.C. unpredictable during the winter season. Most B.C. highways have high mountain passes where you are likely to encounter winter weather in October resulting in higher vehicle accidents.
B.C. is one of only three provinces in Canada that define a winter tire ad specify where their use is required. Starting on October 1st – March 31st, 2015 winter tires are mandatory in B.C. many rural highways and high mountain passes in the Interior and North Vancouver Island.
(click here for a list of highways that require winter tires)
Definition of a Winter Tire:
BC’s Motor Vehicle Act creates the authority to designate roads where winter tires are required.
- Motor Vehicle Act Section 208 gives the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure authority to post signs that specify where winter tires are required, and the vehicle types on which they are required.
- The signs define that both severe winter condition (mountain snowflake) and all-season mud and snow (M+S) tires are acceptable winter tires for cars and light trucks and that large trucks must carry chains.
- To be considered a winter tire, a mountain snowflake or an M+S tire must also have at least 3.5 mm of tread depth across the whole tire
For more information on winter tires, visit The Government of BC Website – About Winter Tires
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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