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    Snow tires in BC.

    I have heard a rumour that BC will be enforcing a snow tire only law on their highways this year. Quebec started this a few years ago. Does anybody have any info on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 700summitguy View Post
    I have heard a rumour that BC will be enforcing a snow tire only law on their highways this year. Quebec started this a few years ago. Does anybody have any info on this?
    anywhere they have the signs up! they put signs up last year for most mountain passes and some high snow areas. you must either have winter tires on or chains. better get to the tire shop early!
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    Re: Snow tires in BC.

    I would just like to clarify, your tires need to have the Snowflake symbol correct to be classified winter grade tires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbb View Post
    anywhere they have the signs up! they put signs up last year for most mountain passes and some high snow areas. you must either have winter tires on or chains. better get to the tire shop early!
    Both trucks have BFG A/T KO's on them. I'm not giving BC any more money than I have to.
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    Mmm I might have to check mine, but I doubt mud terrains are on it Never had a problem before, not very worried anyways, mud terrains are great in snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 700summitguy View Post
    Both trucks have BFG A/T KO's on them. I'm not giving BC any more money than I have to.
    quebec made it law last year, ontario its in legislation right now. its coming west ppl! and no! the bfg did have the severe winter emblem, but failed the test afterwards and had to remove it. general all terrains have the emblem as does some goodyear product.
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    I was told that B.C. is going to have it law this Jan.2010 or next Jan.2011. If you see our roads in the winter you will agree that the law is already too late. I drive with winters all year long, Pulling my trailer in the Okanagan last summer you could see them wear. :

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    Re: Snow tires in BC.

    Just a little info I've found reguarding tire requirements from different searches

    1) In Alberta there are no provincial regulations requiring the use of either snow tires or chains. These tires are "needed when conditions warrant it." Generally, this implies the routes to ski resorts. While it is legal in Alberta to use snow road technology such as chains and studded tires, these are usually only needed for extreme driving conditions on highways. The Rubber Manufacturers Association follows a standard in making snow tires. Any tire marked, "Snow tires," "Mud and snow," or "M/S" meets the standard.

    2) In British Columbia provincial law states that vehicles in the mountains must be equipped with either snow tires or chains from November 1 – April 30.
    Enforced more so for commercial carriers. I have been checked at the Tete Jaune Cache (Valemont) scales for this.

    3) The RCMP have been checking vehicles on the Sea to Sky highway and ticketing vehicles that don’t have proper winter tires and/or chains ($109 ticket). Vehicles that don’t have appropriate tires are then turned around and sent back to Vancouver. This isn’t happening all the time, but keep it in mind when considering whether you should rent a car. You might get lucky and have dry roads for your trip. Or not. Remember, almost none of the rental cars available at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) would make it through those checks. Here’s the problem: The vast majority of rental cars in British Columbia are not available with snow tires or chains. Rental cars in British Columbia will most likely have "all season" tires (which are a myth), and some may even have summer tires.

    4) The law requires proper winter tires or snow chains on many mountain passes, but a survey by CBC News found that it’s nearly impossible to find a rental car with either safety feature. None of the more than a dozen rental car agencies in Vancouver contacted by the CBC offered snow tires or chains.

    I think this will be enforced sooner than later with the 2010 Olympics just around the corner.



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    Re: Snow tires in BC.

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    Tourists renting cars may be the last to know they must have winter tires if they‘re driving to Big White.

    The RCMP are starting to enforce legislation that requires motorists to install winter tires or carry chains before they drive mountain passes like Highway 33, the road to Big White or Okanagan Connector.

    If police catch you without the equipment, you‘re liable for a fine of at least $121, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Al Dengis of Central Okanagan Traffic Services.

    All vehicles, including rental cars, buses and commercial vehicles, must comply.

    “You‘ll have to have winter tires. If you don‘t, you‘ll have to carry a set of chains with you and (use them) during the inclement weather you may encounter along the route,” Dengis said.

    The law is news to staff at Avis Car and Truck Rental in Kelowna. When asked if the company‘s rental cars have winter tires, one employee said they‘re all equipped with all-season tires, which police won‘t accept.

    The employee said he was unaware of the new requirement.

    “It‘s interesting to hear they‘re enforcing that,” he said.

    Staff at the Vancouver Airport Avis are aware of the law.

    Police will “turn you around” if you‘re heading to Whistler in a rented car without winter tires or chains, said Al Virani, shift manager for Avis. The company will equip three vehicle models with winter tires as of Nov. 1.

    If customers want the tires, it will cost them $10 per day extra. But it‘s up to them to learn about the B.C. law if they intend to travel mountain passes, Virani said.

    “It‘s up to the consumer to be aware,” he said. “Half the time we don‘t know where people are going.”

    Winter tires are designated under the province‘s Motor Vehicle Act. The legislation has been in place for more than a year. Police have been “educating” the public about it until now. The time has come to start enforcing the law, Dengis said.

    Signs reminding drivers to have winter tires from Oct. 1 through April 30 will be posted along the routes soon, he said.

    All four tires on a vehicle must be the same and show the winter logo – a snowflake inside a mountain symbol.

    Police will issue tickets when officers find a vehicle lacks winter equipment after a traffic incident, Dengis said. If there‘s severe weather, police may also set up road checks on the route to Big White and stop vehicles randomly.

    “If you lose control … your car can cross the highway and take out another vehicle coming in the opposite direction,” he said.

    Most motorists in the Central Okanagan already use winter tires, Dengis said.
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    Re: Snow tires in BC.

    Thanks for the info guys...Good post

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