New Motor Vehicle Act Regulation in Effect January 1, 2015
As of January 1st, 2015 a new BC Motor Vehicle Act will be in effect. This act will require motor vehicles to “slow down and move over” for emergency and other official vehicles stopped at roadside that are flashing lights. The current list of officials includes: highway maintenance, utility, animal control, waste management workers and land surveyors.
The “slow down and move over” requirement is now being amended to include all vehicles displaying a flashing red, blue or yellow light.
- slow to 70 km/h in a zone with an 80 km/h or higher speed limit
- slow to 40km/h in a zone with a speed limit under 80 km/h
- on a multi-lane road, move into another lane to pass where safe to do so
Failing to adjust speed appropriately or failing to move over can result in a $173 ticket and three penalty points.
As of now, drivers are required to reduce their speed and move over to the opposite lane when passing official vehicles who are stopped with lights flashing, as per the slow down and more over requirement. Concerns were brought to light by the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, who feel that the current regulations do not protect all roadside workers, as some of them could be subject to higher levels of risk than workers covered by the current regulation.
For more information, see "Slow Down Move Over" Rule Now Includes All Roadside Workers by the BC Trucking Association (December 11, 2014).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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