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Signs up to remind drivers winter tire regulations extended on some B.C. highways

A new sign has been installed on Highway 1 west of Revelstoke to remind drivers of the new snow tire regulations now in effect for passenger vehicles.
Image Credit: TWITTER/@EmconD

The province has installed signs on the highways impacted by the extended winter tire season.

Winter tires or chains are required for passanger vehicles on many highways in B.C. from Oct. 1 to March 31, but for some routes, those dates were extended by a month.

B.C. Transportation tweeted this morning, Dec. 3, that on select highways, signs are now up to remind drivers winter tire requirements have been extended until April 30 to take into account a possible early spring snowfall. 

The ministry says provincial travel authorities have the right to restrict travel at any time of the year depending on road conditions.

Tire requirements are enforced by the police, ministry or other enforcement officials, according to the ministry's website. Motorists who are not compliant may be turned around and be subject to a fine.

This map shows the routes where winter tires and chains are required between Oct. 1 and March 31, and where those dates have been extended to April 30.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/B.C. Transportation

High Mountain Passes Winter Tire Requirements

While M+S tires with 3.5 mm tread is the minimum requirement for winter driving in B.C., officials highly recommend that you use mountain snowflake tires and carry chains while driving high mountain passes like the Coquihalla Highway, Okanagan Connector, the Hope-Princeton and Trans-Canada Highway or anywhere that severe winter conditions are likely to occur.

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