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B.C. Reg. 26/58
O.C. 1004/58
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Motor Vehicle Act

Motor Vehicle Act Regulations

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 246/2010, July 30, 2010]

Point in Time
Contents
  Division 1 — Interpretation
  Interpretation
  1.01  Prescribed date for motor vehicle related offence
  Division 2 — Application
  2.01  Application in case of conflict
  2.011  Application
  2.02  Removal in case of collision or breakdown
  2.03  Determination of maximum vehicle width
  Division 3 — Display and Use of Number Plates
  3.01  Prohibition
  3.011  Attachment of number plates
  3.012  Attachment of validation decal
  3.02  Number plates in horizontal position
  3.03  Plates to be unobstructed
  3.04  Transfer fee
  3.05  Removal of number plates on transfer
  3.06  Transfer by operation of law
  3.07  Where owner cannot be located
  3.08  Substitute vehicle
  3.09  Disposal of number plates
  3.10  Remission of fees
  3.11  Fee adjustment on transfer
  3.12  Number plates transferable only within class
  3.121  Prohibition — vehicles regulated under Division 24
  3.13  Classes of vehicles
  Division 4 — Lamps
  4.01  Hours prescribed for lighted lamps
  4.02  General lighting requirements
  4.03  Mounting of lamps and reflectors
  4.04  General maintenance
  4.05  Headlamps
  4.06  Multiple beam headlamps
  4.07  Single beam headlamps
  4.08  Daytime running lamps
  4.09  Auxiliary driving lamps
  4.10  Parking lamps
  4.11  Fog lamps
  4.12  Side-marker lamps
  4.13  Turn signal devices
  4.14  Cowl and fender lamps
  4.15  Tail lamps
  4.16  Licence plate lamp
  4.17  Stop lamps
  4.18  Backup lamps
  4.19  Docking lamps
  4.20  Lamps or flags on front and rear projections
  4.21  Reflective devices
  4.22  Clearance lamps
  4.23  Identification lamps
  4.24  Spotlamps
  4.25  Off-road lamps
  4.26  Sequential lamps
  4.27  Lighted signs and air deflectors
  4.28  Flashing lamps
  4.29  Implements of husbandry
  4.30  Slow-moving vehicles
  Division 5 — Brakes
  5.01  Brakes required
  5.011  Repealed
  5.02  Stopping distances
    Trailer brakes
  5.03  Emergency or parking brakes
    Braking parked trailer
  5.04  Vehicles exempted, brakes
    Stopping distance, exempted vehicles
  5.05  Driver or operator to permit vehicle brake
inspection on request
  5.06  Brake tubing and hose adequacy
  5.07  Brake connection adequacy
  5.08  Brake lining
  5.09  Brake fluid
  Division 6 — Brake Regulations Respecting Buses, Trucks,
Truck Tractors and Commercial Trailers
  6.01  Special interpretation
  6.02  Braking requirement
  6.03  Two means of brake application required
  6.04  Independent means of applying brakes
  6.05  Parking brakes
  6.06  Brakes required on all wheels
  6.07  Breakaway and emergency braking
  6.08  Bus brakes
  6.09  Reduction of brake effort on front wheel permitted
  6.10  Single valve to operate all brakes
  6.11  Reservoirs required
  6.12  Warning devices
  6.13  Air brake system performance
  6.14  Air brakes
  6.15  Conflict between regulations
  Division 7 — Other Equipment
  7.01  Equipment required
  7.02  Horn
    Sirens and theft alarms
  7.03  Muffler
    Cut-outs prohibited
    Part removal prohibited
    Alteration prohibited
    Noise increase or flames prohibited
  7.04  Mirrors
  7.05  Windshields and windows
    Windshield stickers
    Windshield wiper
    Windshield and windows, replacing glass
    Windshield and windows, new vehicles
  7.06  Mudguards
  7.07  Trailer connections and towed vehicles
    Draw bar length
    Trailer swerving prohibited
    Trailer windows
    Riding in house trailer prohibited
    Towing occupied motor vehicle prohibited
  7.08  Inspection of motor vehicles
  7.09  Standards of safety and repair
  7.091  Clearance height
  7.10-7.12  Repealed
  7.13  Safety belts
  7.14  Motorcycle handlebars
  7.15  Repealed
  7.16  Sale of pneumatic tires
  7.161  Defects in pneumatic tires
  7.162  Winter tires
  7.17  Warning devices
  7.18  Repealed
  Division 7.1 — Offences Against Minister's Standards
  7.19  Offence
  Division 7A — Noise from Motor Vehicles
  7A.01  Prohibition
  Division 7B — Slow Moving Vehicles and Equipment
  7B.01  Definition
  7B.02  Prohibition — driving
  7B.03  Warning device
  7B.04  Prohibition — display
  7B.05  Spent
  Division 7D — Manual Suspension Control Prohibition
  7D.01  Prohibition
  Division 8 — Equipment Kept for Sale
  8.01  Motor vehicles
  8.02  Trailers
  8.03  Lamp bulbs
  8.04  Turn signals
  Division 9 — Record of Repairs
  9.01  Record of repairs
  Division 10 — Commercial Passenger Vehicles
  10.01  Interpretation
  10.02  Application
  10.03  Standees in passenger vehicles
  10.04  Passengers in business vehicles
  10.041  Carriage of livestock or poultry
  10.05  Sanitation
  10.051  Application of federal construction standards
  10.06  Vehicle construction
  10.07  Seating
  10.08  Aisle
  10.09  Entrance
  10.10  Emergency door
  10.11  Emergency windows
  10.12  Baggage and express
  10.13  Ventilation and exhaust
  10.14  Heater
  10.15  Tool storage
  10.16  Fuel tank
  10.17  Rearview mirrors
  10.18  Instruments
  10.19  Retreaded tires
  10.20  Interior lamp
  10.21  Towing by passenger vehicle
  10.22  Spare and emergency equipment
  10.23  Offences
  10.24  Spent
  10.25  Refuelling with passengers on board
  Division 11 — School Buses
  11.01  Interpretation
  11.02  Prohibitions
  11.03  School bus permit
  11.04  Cancellation or suspension of school bus permits
  11.05  School bus required
  11.06  Passenger list required
  11.07  Defective school bus not to be operated
  11.08  Substitute vehicle
  11.09  Pretrip inspection
  11.10  Cleaning floors
  11.11  Loading fuel
  11.12  Boarding school bus
  11.13  Seating capacity
  11.14  School bus signs
  11.15  National safety mark
  11.16  Mechanical standards
  11.17  Removal of "school bus" insignia on disposition of bus
  11.18  Weight restrictions
  11.19  Taxi cab
  11.20  Offence
  Division 12
  12.01–12.06  Repealed
  Division 13
  13.01  Repealed
  Division 14 — Temporary Operation Permits
  14.01  Temporary operation permit
  14.011–14.012  Repealed
  14.02  Fees, without load
  14.03  Fees, with load
  14.04  Temporary operation permit for inspection
  14.05  Repealed
  Division 14A
  14A.01  Repealed
  Division 15 — Licensee's Signature
  15.01  Repealed
  Division 16 — Duplicate Licences
  16.01  Repealed
  Division 17 — Search Fees
  17.01  Repealed
  Division 18 — Enforcement of Rules of the Road
  18.01  Parking prohibited at yellow curb
  Division 19 — Miscellaneous
  19.01  Interpretation
  19.02  Provisions of Commercial Transport Regulations adopted
  19.03  Prohibition
  19.04  Provisions of Commercial Transport Regulations adopted
  19.05  Weight scales
  19.06  Permits
  19.07  Schedule 1 highways restrictions
  19.08  Schedule 2 highways restrictions
  19.09  Towing dolly restriction
  19.10  Towing dolly restriction
  19.11  Overload prohibition
  19.12  Prohibition
  19.13  Extraprovincial society
  19.14  Prescribed entity
  19.15  Transit bus — yield sign
  19.16  Use of flashing yield
  Division 20 — Motor Vehicle Dealers
Part 1 — Motor Vehicle Dealer Licences
  20.01–20.30  Spent
Part 2 — Demonstration Licences
  20.31  Surrender of demonstration licences and number plates
  20.32  Failure to surrender licences and plates
  Division 21 — Short Term Licences
  21.01  Repealed
  21.02  Short term licences
  Division 22 — Antique Motor Vehicles
  22.01  Interpretation
  22.02  Application for registration and licence
  22.03  Licence and number plates
  22.04  Restrictions
  Division 22A — Collector Motor Vehicles
  22A.01  Interpretation
  22A.02  Licences established
  22A.03  Applications
  22A.04  Use of licence and number plates for multiple vehicles
  Division 23 — Traffic Control Devices
  23.01  Special interpretation
  23.02  Schedule 1 signs authorized
  23.03  Schedule 2 signs authorized
  23.04  Repealed
  23.05  Traffic sign meanings
  23.06  Non-schedule signs
  23.07  Sign dimensions
  23.08  Substitution
  23.09  Traffic signals
  23.10  Electrically operated control signal
  23.11  Protected/permissive left turn signal
  23.12  Traffic sign changes
  Division 24 — Vehicles of Unusual Size,
Weight or Operating Characteristics
Part 1 — Interpretation
  24.01  Definitions
Part 2 — Operation on a Highway
  24.02  General restrictions and conditions
  24.03  Utility vehicles
  24.04  Golf carts
  24.05  Snowmobiles, snow vehicles and air cushion vehicles
  24.06  Neighbourhood zero emission vehicles
  24.07  Grandparenting of neighbourhood zero emission vehicles
  24.08  Illumination of lamps
  24.09  Operation permit
Part 3 — Safety and Equipment Requirements
  24.10  Definition
  24.11  Neighbourhood zero emission vehicles
  24.12  General lighting requirements
  24.13  Flashing lamps
  24.14  Reflective devices
  24.15  Maintenance of lamps, lighting devices and reflectors
  24.16  Sirens and theft alarms
  24.17  Windshields and windows
  24.18  Operation of a vehicle and trailer
  24.19  Defects in pneumatic tires
  24.20  Additional safety and equipment requirements
  24.21  Exemption by director
Part 4 — General
  24.22  General offence
  Division 25 — Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
Part 1 — Inspection
  25.01  Interpretation and application
  25.02  Identification card
  25.03  Identification plate
  25.04  Use of identification cards and identification plates
  25.05  Notification
  25.06  Expired identification cards and identification plates
  25.07  Limitation on driving without inspection certificate
  25.08  Notifications and orders
  25.09  Unauthorized inspection
  25.10  No registration without valid inspection report
  25.11  Change of contact information
  25.12  General duties of operators of facilities
  25.13  Inspections
  25.14  Inspection certificate
Part 2 — Maintenance and Records
  25.15  Interpretation
  25.16  Application
  25.17  Repealed
  25.18  Records
Part 3 — Salvaged, Modified and Reconstructed Vehicles
  25.19  Interpretation
  25.20  Application
  25.21  Limitation on operation
  25.22  Duties of authorized persons
Part 4 — Inspection of Motor Vehicles Imported into British Columbia
  25.23  Interpretation
  25.24  Application
  25.25  Limitation on registration
  25.26  Required documentation
  25.27  Duties of authorized persons
  25.28  Inspection report
  25.29  No registration without valid inspection report
Part 5 — General
  25.30  Powers of peace officer
  25.31  Offences
  25.32  Grounds for cancellation of authorization
  Division 26 — Traffic Violation Regulation
  26.01–26.011  Repealed
  26.02–26.03  Repealed
  26.04  Procedure by judge
  26.05  Certificate of service
  26.06  Proof
  26.07  Undisputed violation
  26.08  Notice of dispute
  26.09  Costs of dispute
  26.10  Notice of date of hearing
  Division 27 — Driver Training
  27.01  Definitions
  27.02  Application
  27.03  Penalties
  27.04  Licensing
  27.05  Driver training school and instructor training facility security
  27.06  Standards and obligations of driver training schools
  27.07  Standards, qualifications and procedures for driver training instructor's licence applications
  27.08  Obligations of driver training instructor
  27.09  Driver training vehicles
  27.10  Other requirements
  27.11  Driver training course curriculum
  Division 28 — Point System
  28.01  Point penalties on driving record
  28.02  Transitional
  Division 29 — Air Pollution Controls on Motor Vehicles
  29.01  Interpretation
  29.02  Application
  29.03  General
  29.04  Crankcase emissions
  29.05  Manufacturer to test vehicles
  29.06  Exhaust emissions
  29.07  Requirements for light or heavy vehicles
  29.08  Procedures for selecting, testing and inspecting gasoline powered light duty vehicles
  29.09  Number of tests required
  29.10  Hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide content light vehicle
  29.11  Selection of vehicles for durability testing
  29.12  Requirements for durability testing
  29.13  Procedures for selecting, testing and inspecting gasoline powered heavy duty vehicles
  29.14  Hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide content heavy vehicles
  29.15  Selection of vehicles for testing
  29.16  Length of test
  29.17  Composite value required
  29.18  Procedure for calculation of composite value
  29.19  Opacity
  29.20  Application to composite value
  29.21  Procedures for selecting, testing and inspecting diesel powered heavy duty vehicles
  29.22  Opacity
  29.23  Number of tests required
  29.24  Length of test
  29.25  Composite value required
  29.26  Procedure for calculation of composite value
  29.27  Evaporative emissions
  29.28  Application to composite value
  29.29  Procedures for selecting, testing and inspecting motor vehicles
  29.30  Test sequence
  29.31  Evaporative emissions
  29.32  Number of tests required
  29.33  Length of test
  29.34  Composite value required
  29.35  Procedure for calculation of composite value
  Division 30 — Drivers' Licences
  30.01  Definitions and Interpretation
  30.02  Prohibition on air brakes
  30.03  Exemptions
  30.04  Age of driver and expiry of learner's licence
  30.05  Minimum driving experience, skills and other qualifications
  30.06  Accompanying adult conditions and passenger restrictions for learner's licence
  30.07  Hours-of-day restrictions for Class 6L, 7L and 8L licences
  30.071  Accompanying adult conditions and passenger restrictions for Class 7 licence
  30.072  Restriction on use of electronic device while driving
  30.08  Speed and area restrictions for Class 6L and 8L licences
  30.09  Minimum waiting periods imposed on learner's licences
  30.10  New driver sign condition for Class 7L, 8L, 7 and 8 licences
  30.11  No-alcohol restriction for Class 7L, 8L, 7 and 8 licences
  30.12  Passenger and motor vehicle restrictions for Class 6 and 8 licences
  30.13  Offence
  Division 30A — Drivers' Licences — Foreign Representatives
  30A.01  Fee exemption
  30A.02  Driver's licence testing exemptions
  Division 30B — Drivers' Licences — Canadian Citizenship
  30B.01  Definitions
  30B.02  Additional requirements for driver's licence
  30B.03  Continuing requirements for driver's licence and cancellation
  Division 30C — Drivers' Licences — Exemption for
Non-Resident Temporary Workers
  30C.01  Seasonal agricultural workers
  Division 31 — Trailers and Mobile Homes
  31.01  CSA standards
  31.02  Exclusion
  Division 32 — Seat Belt Assembly
  32.01  Definition
  32.02  Exemption — taxi driver
  32.03  Exemption — taxi driver
  32.04  Exemption — emergency vehicle
  32.05  Exemption — sheriff escort vehicle
  Division 33 — Year-round Motor Vehicle Licence Renewal
  33.01  Varied terms of licences
  Division 34 — Personalized Number Plates
  34.01  Issuance of plates
  34.02  Remission of fees
  34.03  Application for plates
  34.04  Restrictions on content
  34.05  Restrictions on types of vehicles
  34.06  Plates not transferable to another licensee
  34.07  Plates transferable to another vehicle of licensee
  34.08  Priority on character combination
  34.09  Surrender of plates — reservation of character combination
  34.10  Surrender of plates — no reservation of character combination
  34.11  Reissuance where no surrender and no reservation
  34.12  Replacement of lost or damaged plates
  Division 35 — Cargo Securement
  35.01  Application
  35.02  Standard adopted
  35.03  Prohibitions respecting equipment and cargo
  35.04  Cargo securement
  35.05  Transporting logs or poles
  35.06  Covering of aggregate loads
  35.07  Front end structures
  35.08  Operating vehicles with insecure cargo prohibited
  35.09  Carrying luggage in bus passenger compartments
  Division 36 — Child Seating and Restraint Systems
  36.01  Definition
  36.02  Exemption from the Act
  36.03  Obligation on driver
  36.04  Infant restraint systems
  36.05  Child restraint systems
  36.06  Booster seats and seat belt assemblies
  36.07  Seat belt assemblies
  36.08  Restraint systems for infants with special needs and children with mobility impairments
  36.09  Exemptions
  Division 37 — Safety Code
Part 1 — Interpretation
  37.01  Interpretation
Part 2 — Safety Certificate
  37.02  Certificate required
  37.03  Application for safety certificate
  37.04  Issuance of safety certificate
  37.05  Condition
  37.06  Changes
  37.061  Safety rating
  37.07  Profiles
  37.071  Name of carrier to be marked on business vehicle
  37.072  Notice of safety certificate number
  37.08–37.10  Repealed
Part 3 — Hours of Service
  37.11  Application of this Part
  37.11.01  Exemption for commercial motor vehicles of a certain weight
  37.12  Responsibilities of carriers, shippers, consignees and drivers
  37.13  Travelling as a passenger — off-duty time
  37.13.01  Daily driving and on-duty time
  37.13.02  Mandatory off-duty time
  37.13.03  Daily off-duty time
  37.13.04  Deferral of daily off-duty time
  37.14  Ferries
  37.15  Logging truck hours
  37.15.01  Oil well service vehicle hours
  37.16  Splitting of daily off-duty time — single driver
  37.16.01  Splitting of daily off-duty time — team of drivers
  37.16.02  Cycles
  37.16.03  Cycle 1
  37.16.04  Cycle 2
  37.16.05  Cycle reset — off-duty time
  37.16.06  Cycle switching — off-duty time
  37.17  Exemption for commercial motor vehicles other than oil well service vehicles
  37.17.01  Exemption by director in unforeseen event
  37.17.02  Obligations of carrier with exemption
  37.17.03  Emergencies and adverse driving conditions
  37.18  Local time to be used in daily log
  37.18.01  Requirement to fill out a daily log
  37.18.02  Content of daily logs
  37.18.03  Use of electronic recording devices
  37.18.04  Possession of daily logs and supporting documents by drivers
  37.18.05  Distribution and keeping of daily logs
  37.18.06  Tampering
  37.19  Monitoring by carrier
  37.19.01  Out-of-service declaration
  37.19.02  Authority to enter premises for an inspection
  37.20  Production of daily logs and supporting documents by driver
  37.20.01  Production of daily logs and supporting documents by carrier
  37.21  Obstruction of director or peace officer
Part 4 — Trip Inspection
  37.22  Pre-trip and post-trip inspections
  37.23  Trip inspection report
  37.24  Multiple drivers
  37.25  Delivery of report
  37.26  Corrective action
  37.27  Retention of records
Part 5 — Facility Audits
  37.28  Application of this Part
  37.29  Maintenance of records
  37.30  Retention of records
  37.31  Inspectors
  37.32  Compliance review
  37.33  Audit
  37.331  Documents must be delivered
  37.34  Carrier administered audit
Part 6 — Offences
  37.35  Unsafe vehicle
  37.36  False records
  37.37  Offences
  37.38  Operating a vehicle while under suspension
Part 7 — Required Documents
  37.39  Bill of lading
  37.40  Bills of lading — retention and filing
  37.41  Bills of lading to be signed
  37.42  Carriage and production of bills of lading
  37.43  Records in lieu of bills of lading for certain commodities
  37.44  General provisions as to bills of lading
  37.45  Electronic bills of lading
  37.46  Part lot shipments
  37.47  Records of freight carried
  37.48  Cargo insurance
  Division 38 — Disabled Persons' Parking Permits
  38.01  Interpretation
  38.02  Application for permit
  38.03  Display of permit
  38.04  Out of Province permits
  38.05  Cancellation of disabled parking permits
  38.06  Notification of loss or theft
  38.07  Transitional provisions
  38.08  Offence
  Division 39 — Road Safety
  39.001  Definition
  39.01  Passenger seating requirement
  39.02  Driver responsibilities
  39.021  Responsibilities of carrier, employer and owner
  39.03  Exceptions
  39.04  Seating for a child
  Division 40 — Motor Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance
  40.01  Definitions
  40.02  Application
  40.03  Certification plate and technician card
  40.04  Emission inspection certification
  40.05  Emission inspection procedure
  40.051  Inspection criteria
  40.052  Circumstances in which inspection criteria may be used
  40.06  Emission control system repairs
  40.07  Reinspection of motor vehicle
  40.08  Conditional pass on reinspection
  40.09  Prohibitions
  40.10  Application for recertification
  40.11  Approved emission control devices
  40.12  Used catalytic converter
  40.13  Engine exchange
  40.14  Replicar, replikit, specialty vehicle and ubilt
  40.15  Automated safety inspection
  40.16  Offence and penalty
  Division 40A — Heavy Vehicle Diesel Emission Inspections
  40A.01  Interpretation and application
  40A.02  Vehicles on highways must meet diesel emission standards
  40A.03  Roadside diesel emission inspections
  40A.04–40A.06  Repealed
  40A.07  Offences
  Division 41 — Speed Monitoring and Traffic Light Safety
  41.01  Devices prescribed
  41.02  Prescribed certificates
  41.03  Fines for speeding offences
  Division 42 — High Occupancy Vehicles
  42.01  Definitions
  42.02  Rules for use of high occupancy lanes
  42.03  Rules for use of high occupancy lanes — Trans-Canada Highway
  Division 43 — Administrative Driving Prohibition and
Vehicle Impoundment Programs
  43.01  Notice of driving prohibition
  43.02  Statutory declaration
lost, stolen or destroyed driver's licence
  43.03  Report to superintendent
  43.04  Notice of impoundment
  43.05  Lien on impounded vehicle
  43.06  Statutory declaration — stolen vehicle
  43.07  Statutory declaration — vehicle disposal
  43.08  Fees
  Division 44 — Mobility Aid Accessible Taxi Standards
  44.1  Interpretation
  44.2  Application
  44.3  CSA standard D409-92
  44.4  Door and emergency exit requirements
  44.5  Passenger seat quick-release
  44.6  Inside height
  44.7  Clearance requirements
  44.8  Mobility aid securement and occupant restraint
  44.9  Entry ramp requirement and standards
  Division 45 — Indefinite Licence Suspensions
  45.01  Certificate of service
  Division 46 — Remedial Courses and Programs for Drivers
  46.01  Fees
  Division 47 — Speed Limits and Traffic Rules
if Official Vehicle Parked on a Highway
  47.01  Definition
  47.02  When an official vehicle is stopped