Not Having Winter Tires On These BC Highways Will Land You a $121 Fine

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Beginning October 1st, 2018, drivers will be required to install winter tires on their vehicles when travelling on numerous designated highways across B.C.

The following maps below highlight all the highways that have the mandatory winter tires policy in place.


Photo: Government of BC

Photo: Government of BC

Photo: Photo: Government of BC

Winter Tires Use

Winter tires or chains are required on most routes in British Columbia from October 1st to March 31st. For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the date will be extended until April 30th to account for early-spring snowfall.

Any trucks that travel these routes are also required to carry chains.

You can check if you have winter tires by seeing if they have either the Mountain Snowflake symbol or the Mud and Snow (M+S) symbol. They must be in good condition and have at least a minimum tread depth of 3.5 mm.

Motorists who take these designated highways will see signs posted usually at highway mountain passes.

Fine For Not Having Winter Tires

If caught without proper winter tires on these designated routes, the fine is $121. Furthermore, if you don’t have minimum tread depth of 3.5 mm, get ready to fork out another $109.

Winter is slowly approaching so it’s important your vehicle is fully equipped before you head out on the roads.

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