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Motor Vehicle Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 318

Contents
 1 Definitions
Part 1
 2 Application of Act
 3 Registration, licence and insurance
 3.1 Exemptions registration, licence and insurance
 4 Restriction on registration
 5 Repealed
 6 Payment of premium
 7 Underage applicants
 8 Licences for farm tractors
 9 Special licence for motor vehicles used in industry
 10 Special licence for tractors, etc.
 11 Carrying of licence
 12 Number plates
 13 Offences
 14 Change of address or name
 15 Notice of change made in motor vehicle
 16 New vehicle identification numbers
 17 Transfer of motor vehicle
 17.1 Irreparable and salvage vehicles
 18 Transfer on death if estate small
 19 Registration of dissolved company suspended
 20 Notice of removal or destruction of motor vehicle
 21 Registration of foreign motor vehicles and trailers
 22 Reciprocal arrangements
 23 Classes of drivers' licences
 24 Offences
 25 Application for licence
 25.01 Retention or seizure of records
 25.1 Remedial courses and programs for drivers
 26 Refusal to issue a licence, permit, etc.
 26.1 Cancellation of driver's licence
 27 Short term driver's licence
 28 Inspection of vehicles and refusal to issue licence
 28.1 Not in force. Repealed.
 28.2 Inspection of vehicles and refusal of licence or permit
 28.3 Refusal to issue licence and plates for irreparable and salvage vehicles
 29 Examination of licensees
 30 No refund for driver's licence fee
 31 Change of address or name
 32 Application for minor's licence
 33 Production of licence and liability card, duplicates
 34 Exemption of non-resident and new resident drivers
 35 Repealed
 36 Municipal chauffeur permits
 37 Employment of unlicensed driver
 38 Demonstration licence
 39 Inspections respecting demonstration licences
 40 Refund of fees
 41 Transporters' licences
 42 Manufacturer's licence
 43 Operation of motor vehicle by customer
 44 Repairer's licence
 45 Operation of demonstration cars by written consent
 46 Offences
 47 Pollution control devices on motor vehicles
 48 Renewal of motor vehicle licence and air pollution emission
 49 Regulation of motor vehicle air pollution emission
 50 Motor vehicle compliance with exhaust emission standards
 51 Substitution of new licence if number plate or badge lost
 52 Carrying of revenue receipt in place of licence
 53-55 Repealed
 56 Letting vehicles for hire
 57 Used vehicle records and plates
 58 Removal or obliteration of engine or vehicle identification number prohibited
 59 Offence
 60 Term and duration of licences
 61 Cancellation of driver's licence
 62 Fees
 63 Rebate of part of licence fees
 64 Recovery of licence fees
 65 Accounting
 66 Persons authorized to take affidavits
 67 Repealed
 68 Duty of driver at accident
 69 False statements, misuse of number plates, licence, identification card or permit
 70 Use of another's licence or permit; failure to permit inspection
 71 Production of motor vehicle licences
 72 Transporting animals
 73 Failing to stop and state name
 74 Alteration and use of fictitious number plates or documents
 75 General offence
 76 No suspended sentence where minimum punishment
 77 Application of fines
 78 Limitation of actions
 79 Arrest without warrant
 80 Onus of proof of licence
 81 Evidence of licence or permit
 82 Records and proof
 82.1 Electronic records
 83 Liability of owner for contravention of Act
 83.1 Liability of owner for speeding and traffic light violations
 83.2 Certificate as evidence
 84 Duty to give information
 85 Offence
 86 Responsibility of owner or lessee in certain cases
 87 Liability of partners
 88 Liability of licensees for offences of employees
Part 2 — Suspensions of Licences and Prohibitions from Driving
 89 Deemed suspension
 90 Suspension and cancellation of vehicle licences, etc.
 90.1-90.2 Not in force. Repealed.
 90.3 12 hour suspension
 90.4 Driving while suspended
 91 Prohibition against driving if there is an unsatisfied judgment
 92 Prohibition against driving relating to fitness or ability to drive
 93 Prohibition against driving by superintendent
 93.1 Access to driving records
 93.2 Notification by superintendent of prohibition action
 94 Appeal of prohibition against driving
 94.1 Notice of driving prohibition
 94.2 Effect of notice of driving prohibition
 94.3 Duties of peace officer
 94.4 Review of driving prohibition
 94.5 Considerations
 94.6 Decision of the superintendent
 95 Driving while prohibited
 96 Driver to surrender licence
 97 Notice of prohibition
 97.1 Driver's licence forwarded to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
 97.2 Amount payable to reinstate driver's licence
 98 Court prohibition against driving
 99 Automatic prohibition against driving on conviction
 100 Prohibition against driving for failing to stop
 101 Stay of prohibition against driving
 102 Driving while prohibited by court order or operation of law
 103 Deemed prior convictions
 104 Reporting conviction or judgment
 104.1 to 105.95 Repealed
 106 Proof of financial responsibility
 107 Service of unlicensed insurer
 108 Notice to insurer
 109 Implied covenant
 110 Default of insurer
 111 Issue of financial responsibility card
 112 Cancellation of financial responsibility card
 113 Garage and sales agency policy
 114 Return of security given in proof
 115 Information to be furnished by Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
 116 Certified abstract
 116.1 Director of Commercial Vehicle Safety and staff
 117 Superintendent may delegate
 118 Appointment of superintendent and staff
Part 2.1 — Appeals and Show Cause Hearings
 118.1 Definitions
 118.2 Superintendent may assign appeal officers
 118.3 Jurisdiction
 118.4 Right to show cause to the superintendent against certain proposed actions
 118.5 Show cause procedure
 118.6 Show cause hearing decisions
 118.7 Right of appeal — certain other decisions
 118.8 Appeal procedure
 118.9 Written submissions
 118.91 Powers of superintendent on an appeal
 118.92 Regulations
 118.93 Repealed
Part 2.2 — Show Cause Hearings and Reconsiderations about Commercial Motor Vehicles
 118.94 Definitions
 118.95 Suspensions
 118.96 Cancellations and restrictions
 118.97 Right to show cause and request for reconsideration
 118.98 General reconsideration power of the director
 118.99 Show cause hearings and reconsiderations
 118.991 Direction to cancel commercial vehicle licences and permits
 118.992 Power to make regulations
Part 3
 119 Definitions
 120 Application
 121 Construction and maintenance vehicles
 122 Exemption for emergency vehicles
 123 Police traffic direction
 124 Municipal powers
 124.1 Not in force
 124.2 Additional municipal powers
 125 Obeying traffic controls
 125.1 Traffic control signals inoperative
 126 Traffic control signals
 127 Green light
 128 Yellow light
 129 Red light
 130 Arrows
 131 Flashing lights
 132 Pedestrian controls
 133 Pedestrian controlled signal
 134 Lane direction control signals
 135 Obstruction of signal prohibited
 135.1 Prohibition against obstruction of traffic light safety devices
 136 Commercial advertising
 137 Altering signal
 138 Work in progress
 139 Erection of speed sign
 140 Obedience to speed signs
 141 Obeying flagger
 141.1 Obeying traffic control person
 142 Removal of temporary sign
 143 Newly painted lines
 144 Careless driving prohibited
 145 Slow driving
 146 Speed limits
 147 Schools and playgrounds
 148 Excessive speeding
 148.1 Fines for speeding offences
 149 Meeting school bus
 150 Driver on right
 151 Driving on laned roadway
 152 High occupancy vehicle lane
 153 Bus lane
 153.1 Designated use highway
 153.2 Designated use lane
 154 Passing when meeting vehicle
 155 Highway lines
 156 Suspension of sections 151 and 155
 157 Duty when overtaking
 158 Passing on right
 159 Passing on left
 160 Clear view on passing
 161 Obedience to traffic control devices
 162 Following too closely
 163 Divided highways
 164 Entering controlled access highway
 165 Turning at intersections
 166 Turning left other than at intersection
 167 Turning right other than at intersection
 168 Reverse turn
 169 Starting vehicle
 169.1 Yielding to bus
 170 Signals on turning
 171 Means of signalling
 172 Left hand drive signals
 173 Yield signs
 174 Yielding right of way on left turn
 175 Entering through highway
 176 Emerging from alleys
 177 Approach of emergency vehicle
 178 Repealed
 179 Rights of way between vehicle and pedestrian
 180 Crossing at other than crosswalk
 181 Duty of driver
 182 Pedestrian walking along highway
 182.1 Motor assisted cycles
 183 Rights and duties of operator of cycle
 184 Bicycle safety helmets
 185 Railway crossings
 186 Stopping at intersections
 187 Where parking prohibited
 188 Police may move parked vehicle
 189 When vehicle stopping prohibited
 190 Manner of parking
 191 Leaving parked vehicle
 192 Parking on private property
 193 Caution in backing vehicle
 194 Motorcycles
 195 Requirements for moving vehicle
 196 Travelling through canyons
 197 Coasting down grade
 198 Following fire vehicle
 199 Driving over fire hose
 200 Driving on sidewalk
 201 Sign as evidence
 202 Repealed
 203 When opening door prohibited
 204 Depositing articles on highway
 205 Repealed
 206 Transporting explosives
 207 Warning devices
 208 Safety equipment
 209 Regulations respecting highways
 209.1 Ministerial regulations
 210 Power to make regulations
 211 Power to establish forms
 211.1 Power to prescribe for electronic information
 212 Regulations respecting safety
 212.1 Operator's duty to provide information
 212.2 Regulations respecting vehicles having safety certificates
 213 Evidence of weight of vehicle or load
 214 Signs
Part 3.1 — Use of Electronic Devices while Driving
 214.1 Definitions
 214.2 Prohibition against use of electronic device while driving
 214.3 Exceptions to prohibition — emergency personnel
 214.4 Exceptions to prohibition — certain permitted activities
 214.5 Exceptions to prohibition — by regulation
 214.6 Power to make regulations
Part 4
 215 24 hour prohibition
 215.1 Review of driving prohibition
 215.2 Considerations
 215.3 Decision of the superintendent
 215.4 24 hour impoundment of motor vehicle
 215.41 Automatic roadside driving prohibition
 215.42 Right to second analysis
 215.43 Effect of driving prohibition under section 215.41
 215.44 Additional consequences — monetary penalty
 215.45 Additional consequences — remedial program
 215.46 Additional consequences — impoundment of vehicle
 215.47 Duties of peace officer related to driving prohibition under section 215.41
 215.48 Review of driving prohibition under section 215.41
 215.49 Considerations on review under section 215.48
 215.5 Decision of superintendent after review under section 215.48
 215.51 Regulations — automatic roadside driving prohibitions
 216 Vehicle inspections
 217 Inspectors, inspection facilities and standards
 218 Standards and approvals
 218.1 Driver control programs
 219 Equipment of motor vehicles
 220 Seat belt assembly
 221 Repealed
 222 Sale of motor vehicle contrary to regulations
 223 Canada Safety Standards
 224 Driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in blood
 225 Demand for blood sample
 226 Refusal to give blood sample
 227 Proof of blood sample
 228 Civil liability
 229 No legal obligation
 230 Report of health professional
 231 Not in Force
 231.1 Smoking in motor vehicle prohibited
Part 5
 232 Suspension on conviction for certain offences
 233 Reinstatement of suspended licence
 234 Driving while suspended
 235 Driver to surrender licence
 236 Stay of suspension against driving
Part 6 — Carriers
 237 Definitions
 238 Operating requirements for business vehicles
 239 Power to search business vehicles
 240 Liability for act or omission of employee
Part 7
 241 to 248 Repealed
Part 8 — Police Accident Reports
 249 Accident reports by police officer
Part 9 — Motor Vehicle Impoundment
 250 Definitions
 251 Impoundment of motor vehicle
 252 Liability for impoundment
 253 Period of impoundment
 254 Duties of peace officer
 255 Storage of impounded motor vehicle
 256 Review of impoundment
 257 Considerations for review of impoundment
 258 Decision of superintendent on review of impoundment
 259 Review of driving prohibition
 260 Considerations for review of driving prohibition
 261 Decision of superintendent on review of driving prohibition
 262 Early release of motor vehicle on grounds of economic hardship
 263 Early release of motor vehicle on compassionate grounds
 264 Release of motor vehicle after impoundment period
 265 Owner's right against driver
 266 Superintendent may indemnify for wrongful impoundment
 267 Appropriation
 268 Power to make regulations — Lieutenant Governor in Council
 269 Power to make regulations — superintendent