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Motor Vehicle Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 318

Contents
 1Definitions
Part 1
 2Application of Act
 3Registration, licence and insurance
 3.1Exemptions – registration, licence and insurance
 4Restriction on registration
 5Repealed
 6Payment of premium
 7Underage applicants
 8Licences for farm tractors
 9Special licence for motor vehicles used in industry
 10Special licence for tractors, etc.
 11Carrying of licence
 12Number plates
 13Offences
 14Change of address or name
 15Notice of change made in motor vehicle
 16New vehicle identification numbers
 17Transfer of motor vehicle
 17.1Irreparable and salvage vehicles
 18Transfer on death if estate small
 19Registration of dissolved company suspended
 20Notice of removal or destruction of motor vehicle
 21Registration of foreign motor vehicles and trailers
 22Reciprocal arrangements
 23Classes of drivers' licences
 24Offences
 25Application for licence
 25.01Retention or seizure of records
 25.1Remedial courses and programs for drivers
 25.2Mandatory programs for drivers
 25.3Matters related to courses and programs for drivers
 26Refusal to issue a licence, permit, etc.
 26.1Cancellation of driver's licence
 27Short term driver's licence
 28Inspection of vehicles and refusal to issue licence
 28.1Not in force. Repealed.
 28.2Inspection of vehicles and refusal of licence or permit
 28.3Refusal to issue licence and plates for irreparable and salvage vehicles
 29Examination of licensees
 30No refund for driver's licence fee
 31Change of address or name
 32Application for minor's licence
 33Production of licence and liability card, duplicates
 34Exemption of non-resident and new resident drivers
 35Repealed
 36Municipal chauffeur permits
 37Employment of unlicensed driver
 38Demonstration licence
 39Inspections respecting demonstration licences
 40Refund of fees
 41Transporters' licences
 42Manufacturer's licence
 43Operation of motor vehicle by customer
 44Repairer's licence
 45Operation of demonstration cars by written consent
 46Offences
 47Pollution control devices on motor vehicles
 48Renewal of motor vehicle licence and air pollution emission
 49Regulation of motor vehicle air pollution emission
 50Motor vehicle compliance with exhaust emission standards
 51Substitution of new licence if number plate or badge lost
 52Carrying of revenue receipt in place of licence
 53-55Repealed
 56Letting vehicles for hire
 57Used vehicle records and plates
 58Removal or obliteration of engine or vehicle identification number prohibited
 59Offence
 60Term and duration of licences
 61Cancellation of driver's licence
 62Fees
 63Rebate of part of licence fees
 64Recovery of licence fees
 65Repealed
 66Persons authorized to take affidavits
 67Repealed
 68Duty of driver at accident
 69False statements, misuse of number plates, licence, identification card or permit
 70Use of another's licence or permit; failure to permit inspection
 71Production of motor vehicle licences
 72Transporting animals
 73Failing to stop and state name
 74Alteration and use of fictitious number plates or documents
 75General offence
 76No suspended sentence where minimum punishment
 77Application of fines
 78Limitation of actions
 79Arrest without warrant
 80Onus of proof of licence
 81Evidence of licence or permit
 82Records and proof
 82.1Electronic records
 83Liability of owner for contravention of Act
 83.1Liability of owner for speeding and traffic light violations
 83.2Certificate as evidence
 84Duty to give information
 85Offence
 86Responsibility of owner or lessee in certain cases
 87Liability of partners
 88Liability of licensees for offences of employees
Part 2 — Suspensions of Licences and Prohibitions from Driving
 89Deemed suspension
 90Suspension and cancellation of vehicle licences, etc.
 90.1-90.2Not in force. Repealed.
 90.312 hour suspension
 90.4Driving while suspended
 91Prohibition against driving if there is an unsatisfied judgment
 92Prohibition against driving relating to fitness or ability to drive
 93Prohibition against driving by superintendent
 93.1Access to driving records
 93.2Notification by superintendent of prohibition action
 94Appeal of prohibition against driving
 94.1Notice of driving prohibition
 94.2Effect of notice of driving prohibition
 94.3Duties of peace officer
 94.4Review of driving prohibition
 94.5Considerations
 94.6Decision of the superintendent
 95Driving while prohibited
 96Driver to surrender licence
 97Notice of prohibition
 97.1Driver's licence forwarded to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
 97.2Amount payable to reinstate driver's licence
 98Court prohibition against driving
 99Automatic prohibition against driving on conviction
 100Prohibition against driving for failing to stop
 101Stay of prohibition against driving
 102Driving while prohibited by court order or operation of law
 103Deemed prior convictions
 104Reporting conviction or judgment
 104.1 to 105.95Repealed
 106Proof of financial responsibility
 107Service of unlicensed insurer
 108Notice to insurer
 109Implied covenant
 110Default of insurer
 111Issue of financial responsibility card
 112Cancellation of financial responsibility card
 113Garage and sales agency policy
 114Return of security given in proof
 115Information to be furnished by Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
 116Certified abstract
 116.1Director of Commercial Vehicle Safety and staff
 117Superintendent may delegate
 118Appointment of superintendent and staff
Part 2.1 — Appeals and Show Cause Hearings
 118.1Definitions
 118.2Superintendent may assign appeal officers
 118.3Jurisdiction
 118.4Right to show cause to the superintendent against certain proposed actions
 118.5Show cause procedure
 118.6Show cause hearing decisions
 118.7Right of appeal — certain other decisions
 118.8Appeal procedure
 118.9Written submissions
 118.91Powers of superintendent on an appeal
 118.92Regulations
 118.93Repealed
Part 2.2 — Show Cause Hearings and Reconsiderations about Commercial Motor Vehicles
 118.94Definitions
 118.95Suspensions
 118.96Cancellations and restrictions
 118.97Right to show cause and request for reconsideration
 118.98General reconsideration power of the director
 118.99Show cause hearings and reconsiderations
 118.991Direction to cancel commercial vehicle licences and permits
 118.992Power to make regulations
Part 3
 119Definitions
 120Application
 121Construction and maintenance vehicles
 122Exemption for emergency vehicles
 123Police traffic direction
 124Municipal powers
 124.1Not in force
 124.2Additional municipal powers
 125Obeying traffic controls
 125.1Traffic control signals inoperative
 126Traffic control signals
 127Green light
 128Yellow light
 129Red light
 130Arrows
 131Flashing lights
 132Pedestrian controls
 133Pedestrian controlled signal
 134Lane direction control signals
 135Obstruction of signal prohibited
 135.1Prohibition against obstruction of traffic light safety devices
 136Commercial advertising
 137Altering signal
 138Work in progress
 139Erection of speed sign
 140Obedience to speed signs
 141Obeying flagger
 141.1Obeying traffic control person
 142Removal of temporary sign
 143Newly painted lines
 144Careless driving prohibited
 145Slow driving
 146Speed limits
 147Schools and playgrounds
 148Excessive speeding
 148.1Fines for speeding offences
 149Meeting school bus
 150Driver on right
 151Driving on laned roadway
 151.1When drivers must not use leftmost lane
 152High occupancy vehicle lane
 153Bus lane
 153.1Designated use highway
 153.2Designated use lane
 154Passing when meeting vehicle
 155Highway lines
 156Suspension of sections 151 and 155
 157Duty when overtaking
 158Passing on right
 159Passing on left
 160Clear view on passing
 161Obedience to traffic control devices
 162Following too closely
 163Divided highways
 164Entering controlled access highway
 165Turning at intersections
 166Turning left other than at intersection
 167Turning right other than at intersection
 168Reverse turn
 169Starting vehicle
 169.1Yielding to bus
 170Signals on turning
 171Means of signalling
 172Left hand drive signals
 173Yield signs
 174Yielding right of way on left turn
 175Entering through highway
 176Emerging from alleys
 177Approach of emergency vehicle
 178Repealed
 179Rights of way between vehicle and pedestrian
 180Crossing at other than crosswalk
 181Duty of driver
 182Pedestrian walking along highway
 182.1Motor assisted cycles
 183Rights and duties of operator of cycle
 184Bicycle safety helmets
 185Railway crossings
 186Stopping at intersections
 187Where parking prohibited
 188Police may move parked vehicle
 189When vehicle stopping prohibited
 190Manner of parking
 191Leaving parked vehicle
 192Parking on private property
 193Caution in backing vehicle
 194Motorcycles
 195Requirements for moving vehicle
 196Travelling through canyons
 197Coasting down grade
 198Following fire vehicle
 199Driving over fire hose
 200Driving on sidewalk
 201Sign as evidence
 202Repealed
 203When opening door prohibited
 204Depositing articles on highway
 205Repealed
 206Transporting explosives
 207Warning devices
 208Winter tires and traction devices
 209Regulations respecting highways
 209.1Ministerial regulations
 210Power to make regulations
 211Power to establish forms
 211.1Power to prescribe for electronic information
 212Regulations respecting safety
 212.1Operator's duty to provide information
 212.2Regulations respecting vehicles having safety certificates
 213Evidence of weight of vehicle or load
 214Signs
Part 3.1 — Use of Electronic Devices while Driving
 214.1Definitions
 214.2Prohibition against use of electronic device while driving
 214.3Exceptions to prohibition — emergency personnel
 214.4Exceptions to prohibition — certain permitted activities
 214.5Exceptions to prohibition — by regulation
 214.6Power to make regulations
Part 4
 21524 hour prohibition
 215.1Review of driving prohibition
 215.2Considerations
 215.3Decision of the superintendent
 215.424 hour impoundment of motor vehicle
 215.41Automatic roadside driving prohibition
 215.42Right to second analysis
 215.43Effect of driving prohibition under section 215.41
 215.44Additional consequences — monetary penalty
 215.45Repealed
 215.46Additional consequences — impoundment of vehicle
 215.47Duties of peace officer related to driving prohibition under section 215.41
 215.48Review of driving prohibition under section 215.41
 215.49Considerations on review under section 215.48
 215.5Decision of superintendent after review under section 215.48
 215.51Regulations — automatic roadside driving prohibitions
 216Vehicle inspections
 217Inspectors, inspection facilities and standards
 218Standards and approvals
 218.1Driver control programs
 219Equipment of motor vehicles
 220Seat belt assembly
 221Repealed
 222Sale of motor vehicle contrary to regulations
 223Canada Safety Standards
 224Driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in blood
 225Demand for blood sample
 226Refusal to give blood sample
 227Proof of blood sample
 228Civil liability
 229No legal obligation
 230Report of health professional
 231Not in Force
 231.1Smoking in motor vehicle prohibited
Part 5
 232Suspension on conviction for certain offences
 233Reinstatement of suspended licence
 234Driving while suspended
 235Driver to surrender licence
 236Stay of suspension against driving
Part 6 — Carriers
 237Definitions
 238Operating requirements for business vehicles
 239Power to search business vehicles
 240Liability for act or omission of employee
Part 7
 241 to 248Repealed
Part 8 — Police Accident Reports
 249Accident reports by police officer
Part 9 — Motor Vehicle Impoundment
 250Definitions
 251Impoundment of motor vehicle
 252Liability for impoundment
 253Period of impoundment
 254Duties of peace officer
 255Storage of impounded motor vehicle
 256Review of impoundment
 257Considerations for review of impoundment
 258Decision of superintendent on review of impoundment
 259Review of driving prohibition
 260Considerations for review of driving prohibition
 261Decision of superintendent on review of driving prohibition
 262Early release of motor vehicle on grounds of economic hardship
 263Early release of motor vehicle on compassionate grounds
 264Release of motor vehicle after impoundment period
 265Owner's right against driver
 266Superintendent may indemnify for wrongful impoundment
 267Appropriation
 268Power to make regulations — Lieutenant Governor in Council
 269Power to make regulations — superintendent