Starting tomorrow winter tires will be mandatory on most highways in British Columbia.
The provincial law takes effect on Oct. 1 and requires drivers to equip their vehicles with winter tires if they plan to travel on certain B.C. highways in the north, interior, south coast and on Vancouver Island.
Drivers operating vehicles without the right tires on designated B.C. highways could face a $121 fine.
The rules come into effect a few days after several B.C. highways saw a significant amount of snowfall this past weekend.
What’s considered a winter tire?
Winter tires are marked with a symbol of a snowflake inside a three-peaked mountain placed on the sidewall of the tire.
Mud and snow tires, marked with an M+S symbol, also qualify as winter tires, though they are less effective than winter tires.
The ministry requires winter tires to have at least 3.5 millimetres of tread remaining. More info here.
Know your route before you go:
Drivers are reminded to slow down, use caution and check DriveBC when travelling during winter months.
Check out the Designated Winter Tire and Chain Routes here: https://t.co/xMa0Uzs8Bv#KnowBeforeYouGo and see updated road conditions before and during your travels here: https://t.co/HxR4tcpOTD pic.twitter.com/vb9goiuti8
— Drive BC (@DriveBC) September 28, 2019