Thanks to the Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation has decided that winter is now one month shorter on British Columbia’s high mountain passes! Ok, not quite, but the MoT has changed the rule surrounding when winter tires must be worn, or chains carried, on our province’s high mountain roads.
After some technical analysis, the MoT has decided that winter tires/chains are necessary on high mountain passes from October 1st to March 31st (it was previously October 1st to April 30th). In addition, the Motor Vehicle Act will be altered to make it clear that Mud and Snow (M+S) and mountain/snowflake tires are considered winter tires and the regulations for tire-chains and studded tires will be updated and modernized.
Among many other changes, the MoT will also be instituting a new maximum speed limit on selected parts of some of the province’s divided multi-lane highways. The new speed limit will be 120 km/h.
As a result of these changes, there will soon be new signage up on B.C.’s roads, so keep your eyes peeled.
If you have any questions about your tires, please contact Boyds Tire and Auto Service!