As of today, October 1st until April 30th, winter tire requirements are in effect. Although snow tires aren’t mandatory in B.C., the Ministry of Transport has designated most
mountain passes and highways as routes requiring vehicles to have either snow tires or carry chains. These routes have regulatory posted signs. If you’re caught without the necessary winter equipment, police can ticket you and turn you back. Be aware that all season radials may not be approved as winter tires. If charged, the onus is on the operator to prove that he/she had the required winter tires.
If you’re involved in a collision and your vehicle does not have winter tires (i.e., the approved safety equipment), ICBC may argue that you may be wholly or partially liable for the accident. Remember to always drive safely considering the road and weather conditions.
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