While many who regularly travel interior and northern routes in the provinces are more than likely up to speed on the new rules governing the use of winter tires, I’m finding a lot of people in the lower mainland have either forgotten or aren’t aware at all.
As of October 1st, certain routes in BC now require winter tires and/or chains – it used to be only higher elevation routes but the expanded coverage can impact your travel. You can be turned back, or face a fine up to $120. http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=CD10049B873841338165AF1E988C4B3F
This impacts travel locally and on the island for those travelling to Squamish/Whistler, past Hope and many highways on Vancouver Island.
You can find the maps of what routes are covered at this link: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=45404ACEC6B943F1B260D73072105E20
Hopefully motorists won’t get fined immediately if they aren’t aware, but the need for an additional set of tires can be a costly investment for pensioners and those without resources to spare. And as a friend on the island points out, some of the routes are questionable as to the need for them. ( Sooke- Renfrew)
Safe travels as snow is potentially forecast locally here for the weekend. 🙂