Kamloops, British Columbia – British Columbia is stepping up enforcement of winter tire and chain regulations for commercial vehicles, with Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) officers turning back vehicles that are not properly equipped.

Winter tires or chains are mandatory for commercial vehicles from October 1 to April 30 wherever there is a sign that indicates “use winter tires or carry chains beyond this point.” About 250 such signs are posted in mountainous terrain throughout the province.

“We expect every commercial vehicle to be properly equipped for winter,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond. “If we find you driving a commercial vehicle through our mountain passes without proper tires or chains, you could face a fine and we’ll turn you back, and that will cost you time and money.”

CVSE is increasing its focus on winter tire checks and officers will turn back vehicles if necessary. The driver could also be fined $128 under the Motor Vehicle act for not using winter tires when required. Additional penalties could apply should their actions put other motorists in danger.

Commercial vehicle drivers can expect increased enforcement throughout the winter, with a heavy focus on Highway 1 Revelstoke to the Alberta border; Highway 5 Merritt to Hope; Highway 5A Merritt to Kamloops; Highway 16 McBridge to the Alberta border; and Highway 97 Cache Creek to Prince George.

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