Winter tire and chain-up regulations for most B.C. highways are set to take effect on Tuesday.
They are required for most routes in the province from October 1 to April 1, except for select highways not located through mountain passes and/or high snow fall areas where they end on March 31st.
The province also announced that commercial truckers will face stiffer fines for not carrying chains, and not installing them during mandatory chain ups on B.C. highways.
“During previous winters, drivers faced a base-level fine of $121 for not carrying chains or not installing them when required to do so,” a statement from the province’s Transportation Ministry reads.
“Drivers will now be fined $196 for not carrying chains when and where required, and $598 for not installing chains during mandatory chain ups.”
Previous regulations only required vehicles over 27,000 kilograms to carry and use traction devices, with only one wheel needing chains during winter conditions and mandatory chain ups. The new, more all-encompassing enhancements clarify requirements for all commercial vehicles over 5,000 kilograms.