B.C. Reg. 308/2009
O.C. 712/2009
Deposited December 11, 2009
effective January 1, 2010

Motor Vehicle Act

Use of Electronic Devices While Driving Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2014
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

Contents
 1 Definition
 2 "Use" further defined
 3 Prescribed electronic devices
 4 Installation of electronic devices
 5 Persons carrying out powers, duties or functions
 6 New drivers exempt from section 214.2 of the Act
 7 Hands-free use of electronic device
 8 Global positioning system
 9 Hand microphone
 10 Hand-held audio player
 11 Televisions

Definition

1  In this regulation, "Act" means the Motor Vehicle Act.

"Use" further defined

2  A person who watches the screen of an electronic device uses the device for the purposes of paragraph (d) of the definition of "use" in section 214.1 of the Act.

Prescribed electronic devices

3  (1) The following electronic devices are prescribed for the purposes of paragraph (c) of the definition of "electronic device" in section 214.1 of the Act:

(a) electronic devices that include a hands-free telephone function;

(b) global positioning systems;

(c) hand-held electronic devices, one of the purposes of which is to process or compute data;

(d) hand-held audio players;

(e) hand microphones;

(f) televisions.

(2) In subsection (1), "hand microphone" means a communication device consisting of a hand-held unit that

(a) is both receiver and microphone,

(b) is operated by a push and hold-to-talk function, and

(c) allows for oral communication, but not for the transmission and receipt of oral communication at the same time.

Installation of electronic devices

4  (1) Subject to sections 7 (1) (a) and 8 (3), an electronic device listed in subsection (2) must be installed

(a) so that it is securely fixed to the motor vehicle, and

(b) in a manner that does not obstruct the driver's view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.

(2) The following electronic devices are listed for the purposes of subsection (1):

(a) global positioning systems;

(b) electronic devices that include a hands-free telephone function;

(c) televisions.

Persons carrying out powers, duties or functions

5  For the purposes of section 214.5 (a) of the Act, the following classes of persons may use an electronic device while exercising their powers, duties or functions:

(a) a person appointed under section 11 of the Canada Border Services Agency Act to conduct intelligence, investigation or enforcement work of the agency in the Intelligence Division, the Criminal Investigators Division or the Pacific Region Enforcement Centre;

(b) a person designated as a park warden under section 18 of the National Parks Act.

New drivers exempt from section 214.2 of the Act

6  Section 214.2 of the Act does not apply to a person to whom a Class 7 or 7L licence is issued.

Hands-free use of electronic device

7  (1) Subject to subsection (2), a person may use an electronic device in a hands-free telephone function while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway, if the device

(a) is installed in accordance with section 4 and within easy reach of the driver's seat, or worn securely on the person's body,

(b) is voice-activated or requires only one touch in order to initiate, accept or end a call, and

(c) in the case of a device that includes an earpiece, the earpiece is worn only in one ear.

(2) Subsection (1) (c) does not apply to a person who is driving or operating a motorcycle on a highway.

Global positioning system

8  (1) Subject to subsection (3), a person may use a global positioning system for navigation purposes while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway, if the system is

(a) installed in accordance with section 4 if subsection (3) of this section does not apply, and

(b) operated in accordance with this section.

(2) A person may use a global positioning system while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway, if the system

(a) is programmed before the person begins to drive or operate the motor vehicle, or

(b) can be programmed in a voice-activated manner.

(3) If a global positioning system is a hand-held type, a person may use the system while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway if, in addition to the requirements of subsection (2), the system

(a) is not held in the person's hand, and

(b) is securely fixed to the motor vehicle in a manner that does not obstruct the person's view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.

Hand microphone

9  A person may use a hand microphone while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway if

(a) the device is within easy reach of the driver's seat, and

(b) is securely fixed to the motor vehicle or worn securely on the person's body in a manner that does not obstruct the person's view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.

Hand-held audio player

10  A person may use a hand-held audio player while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway if

(a) the device

(i)   is not held in the person's hand, and

(ii)   is securely fixed to the motor vehicle or worn securely on the person's body in a manner that does not obstruct the person's view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle, and

(b) the sound is emitted through the speakers of the sound system of the motor vehicle.

Televisions

11  (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person must not drive or operate a motor vehicle on a highway in which the image displayed from a television in the vehicle is visible to the person.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the image on the television displays pictures, information or data solely designed to assist the driver in the safe operation of the vehicle or the safety and security of its load or its passengers.

[Provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 318, relevant to the enactment of this regulation: sections 25, 210 and 214.6]