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Motor Vehicle Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 318

Part 1
2Application of Act
3Registration, licence and insurance
3.1Exemptions — registration, licence and insurance
4Restriction on registration
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
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
24.1Residency requirement
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 Repealed.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
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
47Pollution control devices on motor vehicles
51Issuance of new number plate or validation decal
52Carrying of revenue receipt in place of licence
56Letting vehicles for hire
57Used vehicle records and plates
58Removal or obliteration of engine or vehicle identification number prohibited
60Term and duration of licences
61Cancellation of driver's licence
63Rebate of part of licence fees
64Recovery of licence fees
66Persons authorized to take affidavits
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
82.2eCertificates of service
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
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
94.6Decision 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
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
117.1Application of Administrative Tribunals Act to decisions of the superintendent
118Appointment of superintendent and staff
Part 2.1 — Appeals and Show Cause Hearings
118.2Superintendent may assign appeal officers
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
Part 2.2 — Show Cause Hearings and Reconsiderations about Commercial Motor Vehicles
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
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
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
148.2Speeding offences — defence related to signs
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
179Rights of way between vehicle and pedestrian
180Crossing at other than crosswalk
181Duty of driver
182Pedestrians using highways
182.01Operation of regulated motorized personal mobility devices
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
194 Motorcycles
195Requirements for moving vehicle
196Travelling through canyons
197Coasting down grade
198Following fire vehicle
199Driving over fire hose
200Driving on sidewalk
201Sign as evidence
203When opening door prohibited
204Depositing articles on highway
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
212.1Carrier's duty to provide information
212.2Regulations respecting vehicles having safety certificates
213Evidence of weight of vehicle or load
Part 3.1 — Use of Electronic Devices while Driving
214.2Prohibition against use of electronic device while driving
214.3Exceptions to prohibition — emergency personnel
214.4Exceptions to prohibition — certain permitted activities
214.41Exceptions to prohibition — certain permitted activities by persons with full licence
214.5Exceptions to prohibition — by regulation
214.6Power to make regulations
Part 4
21524-hour prohibition
215.1Review of driving prohibition
215.3Decision of the superintendent
215.424-hour impoundment of motor vehicle
215.41Immediate roadside driving prohibition
215.42Right to second analysis
215.43Effect of driving prohibition under section 215.41
215.44Additional consequences — monetary penalty
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 — immediate roadside driving prohibitions
216Vehicle inspections
217Inspectors, inspection facilities and standards
218Standards and approvals
218.1Driver control programs
219Equipment of motor vehicles
220Seat belt assembly
221 Repealed
222Sale of motor vehicle contrary to regulations
223Canada Safety Standards
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
238Operating requirements for business vehicles
239Power to search business vehicles
240Liability for act or omission of employee
Part 7
Part 8 — Police Accident Reports
249Accident reports by police officer
Part 9 — Motor Vehicle Impoundment
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
268Power to make regulations — Lieutenant Governor in Council
269Power to make regulations — superintendent
Part 10 to 12
270-303Not in force
Part 13 — Pilot Projects
304Regulation-making powers respecting pilot projects
305Three-year time limit for regulations for pilot projects under this Part