Winter Tires Mandatory on Highway 97
Effective October 1, 2014 BC drivers will be required to use winter tires on Highway 97. The B.C. Transportation Ministry has confirmed all motorists who drive on the Valley’s main corridor and Highway 33 must have winter tires from now until March 31. Until this year, the law applied only to higher-elevation roadways such as the Okanagan Connector and Highway 33 south of the switchback at Eight Mile Ranch. Drivers without the proper tires risk a fine of $121.
Road signs are being erected to remind motorists they must have tires labelled with the mountain/snowflake or M+S (mud and snow) symbols. RCMP say they’ll enforce the law on roadways where the signs are posted.
If you are unsure whether your tires will be legal on Highway 97, check the circular print along the side of your tires to see if the M+S designation or the snowflake inside the mountain is printed on them. Only summer tires are now illegal.
Drivers can have chains on board for extra preparedness, but it isn’t mandatory. Commercial vehicles, however, must carry tire chains.
For more information, please see Winter Tires Now Mandatory on Highway 97 by Don Plant, The Kelowna Daily Courier (October 2, 2014).
Tia Chisholm & Jodi Rae, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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