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B.C. Reg. 26/58
O.C. 1004/58

Motor Vehicle Act

Motor Vehicle Act Regulations

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2015 and 2016
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 164/2016, July 4, 2016]

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Contents
Division 1 — Interpretation
1Interpretation
1.01Prescribed date for motor vehicle related offence
Division 2 — Application
2.01Application in case of conflict
2.011Application
2.02Removal in case of collision or breakdown
2.03Determination of maximum vehicle width
Division 3 — Display and Use of Number Plates
3.01Prohibition
3.011Attachment of number plates
3.0111Application to off-road vehicles
3.012Attachment of validation decal
3.02Number plates in horizontal position
3.021Vertical position permitted for motorcycles
3.03Plates to be unobstructed
3.04Transfer fee
3.05Removal of number plates on transfer
3.06Transfer by operation of law
3.07Where owner cannot be located
3.08Substitute vehicle
3.09Disposal of number plates
3.10Remission of fees
3.11Fee adjustment on transfer
3.12Number plates transferable only within class
3.121Prohibition — vehicles regulated under Division 24
3.13Classes of vehicles
Division 4 — Lamps
4.01Hours prescribed for lighted lamps
4.02General lighting requirements
4.03Mounting of lamps and reflectors
4.04General maintenance
4.05Headlamps
4.06Multiple beam headlamps
4.07Single beam headlamps
4.08Daytime running lamps
4.09Auxiliary driving lamps
4.10Parking lamps
4.11Fog lamps
4.12Side-marker lamps
4.13Turn signal devices
4.14Cowl and fender lamps
4.15Tail lamps
4.16Licence plate lamp
4.17Stop lamps
4.18Backup lamps
4.19Docking lamps
4.20Lamps or flags on front and rear projections
4.21Reflective devices
4.22Clearance lamps
4.23Identification lamps
4.24Spotlamps
4.25Off-road lamps
4.26Sequential lamps
4.27Lighted signs and air deflectors
4.28Flashing lamps
4.29Implements of husbandry
4.30Slow-moving vehicles
Schedule
Division 5 — Brakes
5.01Brakes required
5.011Repealed
5.02Stopping distances
5.03Emergency or parking brakes
5.04Vehicles exempted, brakes
5.05Driver or operator to permit vehicle brake inspection on request
5.06Brake tubing and hose adequacy
5.07Brake connection adequacy
5.08Brake lining
5.09Brake fluid
Division 6 — Brake Regulations Respecting Buses, Trucks,
Truck Tractors and Commercial Trailers
6.01Special interpretation
6.02Braking requirement
6.03Two means of brake application required
6.04Independent means of applying brakes
6.05Parking brakes
6.06Brakes required on all wheels
6.07Breakaway and emergency braking
6.08Bus brakes
6.09Reduction of brake effort on front wheel permitted
6.10Single valve to operate all brakes
6.11Reservoirs required
6.12Warning devices
6.13Air brake system performance
6.14Air brakes
6.15Conflict between regulations
Schedule 6
Division 7 — Other Equipment
7.001Definitions
7.01Equipment required
7.02Horn
7.03Muffler
7.04Mirrors
7.05Windshields and windows
7.06Mudguards
7.07Trailer connections and towed vehicles
7.08Inspection of motor vehicles
7.09Standards of safety and repair
Schedule
7.091Clearance height
7.10-7.12Repealed
7.13Safety belts
7.14Motorcycle handlebars
7.15Repealed
7.16Sale of pneumatic tires
7.161Defects in pneumatic tires
7.162Winter tires
7.163Chains
7.164Studs
7.17Warning devices
7.18Repealed
Division 7.1 — Offences Against Minister's Standards
7.19Offence
Division 7A — Noise from Motor Vehicles
7A.01Prohibition
Division 7B — Slow Moving Vehicles and Equipment
7B.01Definition
7B.02Prohibition — driving
7B.03Warning device
7B.04Prohibition — display
7B.05Spent
Division 7D — Manual Suspension Control Prohibition
7D.01Prohibition
Division 8 — Equipment Kept for Sale
8.01Motor vehicles
8.02Trailers
8.03Lamp bulbs
8.04Turn signals
Division 9 — Record of Repairs
9.01Record of repairs
Division 10 — Commercial Passenger Vehicles
10.01Interpretation
10.02Application
10.03Standees in passenger vehicles
10.04Passengers in business vehicles
10.041Carriage of livestock or poultry
10.05Sanitation
10.051Application of federal construction standards
10.06Vehicle construction
10.07Seating
10.08Aisle
10.09Entrance
10.10Emergency door
10.11Emergency windows
10.12Baggage and express
10.13Ventilation and exhaust
10.14Heater
10.15Tool storage
10.16Fuel tank
10.17Rearview mirrors
10.18Instruments
10.19Retreaded tires
10.20Interior lamp
10.21Towing by passenger vehicle
10.22Spare and emergency equipment
10.23Offences
10.24Spent
10.25Refuelling with passengers on board
Division 11 — School Buses
11.01Interpretation
11.02Prohibitions
11.03School bus permit
11.04Cancellation or suspension of school bus permits
11.05School bus required
11.06Passenger list required
11.07Defective school bus not to be operated
11.08Substitute vehicle
11.09Pretrip inspection
11.10Cleaning floors
11.11Loading fuel
11.12Boarding school bus
11.13Seating capacity
11.14School bus signs
11.15National safety mark
11.16Mechanical standards
11.17Removal of "school bus" insignia on disposition of bus
11.18Weight restrictions
11.19Taxi cab
11.20Offence
Division 12
12.01—12.06Repealed
Division 13
13.01Repealed
Division 14 — Temporary Operation Permits
14.01Temporary operation permit
14.011—14.012Repealed
14.02Fees, without load
14.03Fees, with load
14.04Temporary operation permit for inspection
14.05Repealed
Division 14A
14A.01Repealed
Division 15
15.01Repealed
Division 16
16.01Repealed
Division 17
17.01Repealed
Division 18 — Enforcement of Rules of the Road
18.01Parking prohibited at yellow curb
Division 19 — Miscellaneous
19.01Interpretation
19.02Provisions of Commercial Transport Regulations adopted
19.03Prohibition
19.04Provisions of Commercial Transport Regulations adopted
19.05Weight scales
19.06Permits
19.07Schedule 1 highways restrictions
Schedule 1 — Highways
19.08Schedule 2 highways restrictions
Schedule 2 — Highways
19.09Towing dolly restriction
19.10Towing dolly restriction
19.11Overload prohibition
19.12Prohibition
19.13Extraprovincial society
19.14Prescribed entity
19.15Transit bus — yield sign
19.16Use of flashing yield
Schedule 3 — Yield Sign
Division 20 — Motor Vehicle Dealers
Part 1 — Motor Vehicle Dealer Licences
20.01—20.30Spent
Part 2 — Demonstration Licences
20.31Surrender of demonstration licences and number plates
20.32Failure to surrender licences and plates
Division 21 — Short Term Licences
21.01Repealed
21.02Short term licences
Division 22 — Antique Motor Vehicles
22.01Interpretation
22.02Application for registration and licence
22.03Licence and number plates
22.04Restrictions
Division 22A — Collector Motor Vehicles
22A.01Interpretation
22A.02Licences established
22A.03Applications
22A.04Use of licence and number plates for multiple vehicles
Division 23 — Traffic Control Devices
23.01Special interpretation
23.02Schedule 1 signs authorized
23.03Schedule 2 signs authorized
23.04Repealed
23.05Traffic sign meanings
23.06Non-schedule signs
23.07Sign dimensions
23.08Substitution
23.09Traffic signals
23.10Electrically operated control signal
23.11Protected/permissive left turn signal
23.12Traffic sign changes
Schedule 1
Schedule 2
Schedule 3
Schedule 4
Schedule 5
Division 24 — Vehicles of Unusual Size,
Weight or Operating Characteristics
Part 1 — Interpretation
24.01Definitions
Part 2 — Operation on a Highway
24.02General restrictions and conditions
24.02.01Liability insurance for exempt vehicles
24.03Utility vehicles
24.03.01Operating permits for industrial utility vehicles
24.04Golf carts
24.05Snowmobiles, snow vehicles, air cushion vehicles and all terrain vehicles
24.06Neighbourhood zero emission vehicles
24.07Grandparenting of neighbourhood zero emission vehicles
24.08Illumination of lamps
24.09Operation permit
Part 2.1 — Mobile Equipment
24.09.01Mobile equipment
24.09.02Rights and duties of operator of mobile equipment
Part 3 — Safety and Equipment Requirements
24.10Definition
24.11Neighbourhood zero emission vehicles
24.12General lighting requirements
24.13Flashing lamps
24.14Reflective devices
24.15Maintenance of lamps, lighting devices and reflectors
24.16Sirens and theft alarms
24.17Windshields and windows
24.18Operation of a vehicle and trailer
24.19Defects in pneumatic tires
24.20Additional safety and equipment requirements
24.21Exemption by director
Part 4 — General
24.22General offence
Division 25 — Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
Part 1 — Inspection
25.01Interpretation and application
25.02Identification card
25.03Identification plate
25.04Use of identification cards and identification plates
25.05Notification
25.06Expired identification cards and identification plates
25.07Limitation on driving without inspection certificate
25.08Notifications and orders
25.09Unauthorized inspection
25.10No registration without valid inspection report
25.11Change of contact information
25.12General duties of operators of facilities
25.13Inspections
25.14Inspection certificate
Part 2 — Maintenance and Records
25.15Interpretation
25.16Application
25.17Repealed
25.18Records
Part 3 — Salvaged, Modified and Reconstructed Vehicles
25.19Interpretation
25.20Application
25.21Limitation on operation
25.22Duties of authorized persons
Part 4 — Inspection of Motor Vehicles Imported into British Columbia
25.23Interpretation
25.24Application
25.25Limitation on registration
25.26Required documentation
25.27Duties of authorized persons
25.28Inspection report
25.29No registration without valid inspection report
Part 5 — General
25.30Powers of peace officer
25.31Offences
25.32Grounds for cancellation of authorization
Schedule 1
Schedule 2
Division 26
26.01—26.011Repealed
26.02—26.03Repealed
26.04-26.10Repealed
Division 27 — Driver Training
27.01Definitions
27.02Application
27.03Penalties
27.04Licensing
27.05Driver training school and instructor training facility security
27.06Standards and obligations of driver training schools
27.07Standards, qualifications and procedures for driver training instructor's licence applications
27.08Obligations of driver training instructor
27.09Driver training vehicles
27.10Other requirements
27.11Driver training course curriculum
Division 28 — Point System
28.01Point penalties on driving record
28.02Repealed
Schedule
Division 29
29.01 to 29.35Repealed
Division 30 — Drivers' Licences
30.01Definitions and Interpretation
30.02Prohibition on air brakes
30.03Exemptions
30.04Age of driver and expiry of learner's licence
30.05Minimum driving experience, skills and other qualifications
30.06Accompanying adult conditions and passenger restrictions for learner's licence
30.07Hours-of-day restrictions for Class 6L, 7L and 8L licences
30.071Accompanying adult conditions and passenger restrictions for Class 7 licence
30.072Restriction on use of electronic device while driving
30.08Speed and area restrictions for Class 6L and 8L licences
30.09Minimum waiting periods imposed on learner's licences
30.10New driver sign condition for Class 7L, 8L, 7 and 8 licences
30.11No-alcohol restriction for Class 7L, 8L, 7 and 8 licences
30.12Passenger and motor vehicle restrictions for Class 6 and 8 licences
30.13Repealed
Division 30A — Drivers' Licences — Foreign Representatives
30A.01Fee exemption
30A.02Driver's licence testing exemptions
Division 30B — Drivers' Licences — Canadian Citizenship
30B.01Definitions
30B.02Additional requirements for driver's licence
30B.03Continuing requirements for driver's licence and cancellation
Division 30C — Drivers' Licences — Exemption for
Non-Resident Temporary Workers
30C.01Seasonal agricultural workers
Division 30D — Drivers' Licences — Beneficiary under the Medicare Protection Act
30D.01Prescribed categories
30D.02Additional requirements for driver's licence
Division 30E — Drivers' Licences — Medical Condition Statement for Compliance with International Agreement
30E.01Definition
30E.02Prescribed international agreement
30E.03Statement indicating certain medical conditions
Division 31 — Trailers and Mobile Homes
31.01CSA standards
31.02Exclusion
Division 32 — Seat Belt Assembly
32.01Definition
32.02Exemption — taxi driver
32.03Exemption — taxi driver
32.04Exemption — emergency vehicle
32.05Exemption — sheriff escort vehicle
Division 33 — Year-round Motor Vehicle Licence Renewal
33.01Varied terms of licences
Division 34 — Personalized Number Plates
34.01Issuance of plates
34.02Remission of fees
34.03Application for plates
34.04Restrictions on content
34.05Restrictions on types of vehicles
34.06Plates not transferable to another licensee
34.07Plates transferable to another vehicle of licensee
34.08Priority on character combination
34.09Surrender of plates — reservation of character combination
34.10Surrender of plates — no reservation of character combination
34.11Reissuance where no surrender and no reservation
34.12Replacement of lost or damaged plates
Division 35 — Cargo Securement
35.01Application
35.02Standard adopted
35.03Prohibitions respecting equipment and cargo
35.04Cargo securement
35.05Transporting logs or poles
35.06Covering of aggregate loads
35.07Front end structures
35.08Operating vehicles with insecure cargo prohibited
35.09Carrying luggage in bus passenger compartments
Division 36 — Child Seating and Restraint Systems
36.01Definitions
36.02Exemption from the Act
36.03Obligation on driver
36.04Infant restraint systems
36.05Child restraint systems
36.06Booster seats and seat belt assemblies
36.07Seat belt assemblies
36.08Restraint systems for infants with special needs and children with mobility impairments
36.09Exemptions
Division 37 — Safety Code
Part 1 — Interpretation
37.01Interpretation
Part 2 — Safety Certificate
37.02Certificate required
37.03Application for safety certificate
37.04Issuance of safety certificate
37.05Condition
37.06Changes
37.061Safety rating
37.07Profiles
37.071Name of carrier to be marked on business vehicle
37.072Notice of safety certificate number
37.08—37.10Repealed
Part 3 — Hours of Service
37.11Application of this Part
37.11.01Exemption for commercial motor vehicles of a certain weight
37.12Responsibilities of carriers, shippers, consignees and drivers
37.13Travelling as a passenger — off-duty time
37.13.01Daily driving and on-duty time
37.13.02Mandatory off-duty time
37.13.03Daily off-duty time
37.13.04Deferral of daily off-duty time
37.14Ferries
37.15Logging truck hours
37.15.01Oil well service vehicle hours
37.16Splitting of daily off-duty time — single driver
37.16.01Splitting of daily off-duty time — team of drivers
37.16.02Cycles
37.16.03Cycle 1
37.16.04Cycle 2
37.16.05Cycle reset — off-duty time
37.16.06Cycle switching — off-duty time
37.17Exemption for commercial motor vehicles other than oil well service vehicles
37.17.01Exemption by director in unforeseen event
37.17.02Obligations of carrier with exemption
37.17.03Emergencies and adverse driving conditions
37.18Local time to be used in daily log
37.18.01Requirement to fill out a daily log
37.18.02Content of daily logs
37.18.03Use of electronic recording devices
37.18.04Possession of daily logs and supporting documents by drivers
37.18.05Distribution and keeping of daily logs
37.18.06Tampering
37.19Monitoring by carrier
37.19.01Out-of-service declaration
37.19.02Authority to enter premises for an inspection
37.20Production of daily logs and supporting documents by driver
37.20.01Production of daily logs and supporting documents by carrier
37.21Obstruction of director or peace officer
Schedule 1
Schedule 2
Part 4 — Trip Inspection
37.22Pre-trip and post-trip inspections
37.23Trip inspection report
37.24Multiple drivers
37.25Delivery of report
37.26Corrective action
37.27Retention of records
Part 5 — Facility Audits
37.28Application of this Part
37.29Maintenance of records
37.30Retention of records
37.31Inspectors
37.32Compliance review
37.33Audit
37.331Documents must be delivered
37.34Carrier administered audit
Part 6 — Offences
37.35Unsafe vehicle
37.36False records
37.37Offences
37.38Operating a vehicle while under suspension
Part 7 — Required Documents
37.39Bill of lading
37.40Bills of lading — retention and filing
37.41Bills of lading to be signed
37.42Carriage and production of bills of lading
37.43Records in lieu of bills of lading for certain commodities
37.44General provisions as to bills of lading
37.45Electronic bills of lading
37.46Part lot shipments
37.47Records of freight carried
37.48Cargo insurance
Division 38 — Disabled Persons' Parking Permits
38.01Interpretation
38.02Application for permit
38.03Display of permit
38.04Out of Province permits
38.05Cancellation of disabled parking permits
38.06Notification of loss or theft
38.07Transitional provisions
38.08Offence
Division 39 — Road Safety
39.001Definition
39.01Passenger seating requirement
39.02Driver responsibilities
39.021Responsibilities of carrier, employer and owner
39.03Exceptions
39.04Seating for a child
Division 40 — Motor Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance
40.01Definitions
40.02Application
40.03Certification plate and technician card
40.04Emission inspection certification
40.05Emission inspection procedure
40.051Inspection criteria
40.052Circumstances in which inspection criteria may be used
40.06Emission control system repairs
40.07Reinspection of motor vehicle
40.08Conditional pass on reinspection
40.09Prohibitions
40.10Application for recertification
40.11Approved emission control devices
40.12Used catalytic converter
40.13Engine exchange
40.14Replicar, replikit, specialty vehicle and ubilt
40.15Automated safety inspection
40.16Offence and penalty
Schedule
Division 40A — Heavy Vehicle Diesel Emission Inspections
40A.01Interpretation and application
40A.02Vehicles on highways must meet diesel emission standards
40A.03Roadside diesel emission inspections
40A.04—40A.06Repealed
40A.07Offences
Division 40B — Heavy Vehicle Diesel Emission Control Device
40B.01Interpretation and application
40B.02Emission control device required
40B.03Director may exempt from requirement
Division 41 — Speed Monitoring and Traffic Light Safety
41.01Devices prescribed
41.02Prescribed certificates
41.03Fines for speeding offences
Schedule A
Schedule B
Schedule C
Schedule D
Schedule E
Schedule F
Schedule G
Schedule H
Schedule I
Schedule J
Schedule K
Schedule L
Schedule M
Schedule N
Schedule O
Schedule P
Schedule Q
Schedule R
Schedule S
Schedule T
Schedule U
Schedule V
Schedule W
Division 42 — High Occupancy Vehicles
42.01Definitions
42.02Rules for use of high occupancy lanes
42.03Repealed
Division 43 — Administrative Driving Prohibition and
Vehicle Impoundment Programs
43.01Notice of driving prohibition
43.02-43.07Repealed
43.08Fees
43.09Monetary penalties — automatic roadside driving prohibitions
Form 1
Forms 2 to 6
Form 7
Division 44 — Mobility Aid Accessible Taxi Standards
44.1Interpretation
44.2Application
44.3CSA standard D409-92
44.4Door and emergency exit requirements
44.5Passenger seat quick-release
44.6Inside height
44.7Clearance requirements
44.8Mobility aid securement and occupant restraint
44.9Entry ramp requirement and standards
Division 45 — Indefinite Licence Suspensions
45.01Certificate of service
Division 46 — Remedial and Ignition Interlock Programs
46.01Definitions
46.02Mandatory remedial programs
46.03Mandatory ignition interlock programs
46.04Points for events
46.05Multiple events from one or related actions
46.06Driving prohibition or conviction removed from driving record
46.07Suspension of points
46.08Medical condition
46.09Completion of remedial programs
46.10Fees
Division 47 — Speed Limits and Traffic Rules
if Official Vehicle Parked on a Highway
47.01Definition
47.02When an official vehicle is stopped