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Motor Vehicle Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 318

Part 1
  Application of Act
  Registration and licence
  Restriction on registration
  Interim licence
  Payment of premium
  Underage applicants
  Licences for farm tractors
  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
  25.1  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 Repealed.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  Consular exemptions
  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  Passengers on motorcycles
  54  Permitting passengers on motorcycles
  55  Operating motorcycle
  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  Accident reports
  68  Duty of driver at accident
  69  False statements, misuse of number plates, licence 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 and 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
  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  Impoundment of a motor vehicle: unlicensed drivers
  104.2  Liability for impoundment
  104.3  Period of impoundment
  104.4  Duties of peace officer
  104.5  Storage of impounded motor vehicle
  104.6  Review of impoundment
  104.7  Considerations
  104.8  Decision of the superintendent
  104.9  Application of section 104.3 (2)
  104.91  Compassionate release of motor vehicle
  104.92  Release of motor vehicle after impoundment period
  104.93  Owner's right against driver
  104.94  Superintendent may indemnify for wrongful impoundment
  104.95  Appropriation
  105  Impoundment of a motor vehicle
  105.1  Impoundment of a motor vehicle: prohibited and suspended drivers
  105.2  Period of impoundment
  105.3  Duties of peace officer
  105.4  Storage of impounded motor vehicle
  105.5  Review of impoundment
  105.6  Considerations
  105.7  Decision of the superintendent
  105.8  Application of section 105.2 (2)
  105.9  Compassionate release of motor vehicle
  105.91  Release of motor vehicle after impoundment period
  105.92  Owner's right against driver
  105.93  Superintendent may indemnify for wrongful impoundment
  105.94  Appropriation
  105.95  Early release of motor vehicle on grounds of economic hardship: unlicensed drivers and prohibited drivers
  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
  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
  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
  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 signals
  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 in municipalities
  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 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
  216  Power to make regulations
  217  Inspections
  218  Standards and approvals
  218.1  Driver control programs
  219  Equipment of motor vehicles
  220  Seat belt assembly
  221  Motorcycle safety helmets
  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 psychologist, optometrist and medical practitioner
  231  Not in Force
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 — Impoundment for Racing
  241  Definitions
  242  Impoundment of a motor vehicle for racing
  243  30 day impoundment
  244  Duties of peace officer
  245  Release to owner who was not the operator
  246  Review of impoundment
  247  Considerations for review under section 246
  248  Decision of the superintendent