The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is seeking feedback from the commercial road transportation industry regarding proposed, enhanced chain-up regulations and related fines for BC highways, which will go into effect October 1, 2018.
The majority of commercial vehicle operators use chains appropriately; however, a number of winter highway closures are related to some drivers either not using chains or installing them incorrectly. The ministry intends the proposed new regulations to improve compliance, which will mean safer highways with fewer closures in winter months.
Proposed changes include:
New requirements for the number of tires to chain up on each commercial vehicle (right now, there are only recommendations for chain-up configurations available from Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement).
A specified industry standard for quality of chain. There is currently no set standard.
Escalating fines for not carrying chains, bypassing an active chain-up, and causing a highway closure after bypassing an active chain-up. The current fine is $121 for not carrying chains, with no further escalating fines.