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  1. For driving from Vancouver to Vernon, bc is winter tire mandatory?
    Can I go with all seadon tires?
    Also is having a chain enough or must be just winter tire?

    • Good morning Delnaz,

      Thanks for your question. A legal winter tire (on a standard passenger vehicle or a four-wheel/all-wheel vehicle) MUST have at least 3.5 mm of tread depth.

      A winter tire must be labelled with either of the following:

      The letters “M” and “S”, the minimum legal requirement (mud + snow/all season tires)
      The 3-peaked mountain/snowflake symbol (some manufacturers label with both the mountain snowflake and the M+S symbol)

      3-peaked mountain/snowflake tires offer better traction on snow and ice. We recommend drivers install 3-peaked mountain/snowflake tires for cold weather driving and, for extreme conditions, carry chains.

      Here’s a link to our official page on winter driving requirementS:

  2. Transeditor

    I had just sent a message earlier today and must thank you for making a timely reply. In the reply you state that ” all three of our traveller information systems are down and are in the process of being fixed ” . I have to ask what are the three traveller information systems that are all down at the same time ? At this point with all systems being down would it be that the entire province is currently receiving broadcasts pertaining to Spring Conditions rather than Winter Conditions ?

    • Hello Gordon – thanks for your message. This message refers to the other systems within the Kootenay region. We weren’t advised on the particulars of the issue, only that they were hopeful that the issue would be resolved shortly and in the meantime, any messaging around safe driving is considered better than none. Hope that this information is helpful!

      • TranBCeditor
        It seems you did not understand the question I submitted ” what are the other traveller information systems ” When you say that you were not advised / are you saying not advised by TranBC or by another third party like a contractor / YRB ??

        Unfortunately your answer has really not provided any accurate information pertaining the the original question asked and has quite honestly raised many more questions.

        For you to point out any information is better than none you may want to consider the ramifications of providing inaccurate ( not even the correct season ) to the public as a governmental agency in today’s legal environment.

        • Good morning Gordon – sorry if our response confused you. The other traveller information systems are the radio systems which broadcast pre-recorded safety messaging. We weren’t advised about what was causing the trouble with these systems – only that our staff are aware of the issue and working to fix it as soon as possible. Hope that this information helps to clarify. Thanks for your patience.

  3. Good Morning:

    It is important to have timely and accurate information provided by the MOT / Drive BC.
    Currently in the Central Kootenay Area there is a radio broadcast that provides information on local highways. This information is broadcast on the FM Band at 96.7 on a continuous repeating loop and is stated to be provided by the MOT.
    The information currently being broadcast pertains to Spring driving conditions and gives suggestions for those conditions where in fact we have been dealing with serious Winter conditions for some time on the Kootenay Pass, the Bombi Pass and the Paulson Pass and most other roads in the area.

    A suggestion might be to change these types of announcements to point out Winter conditions to coincide with the regulations concerning Winter Tire use ( Oct 1 – April 30 ) and the Shift Into Winter awareness program. This change would provide more accurate and meaningful information than is currently being provided.

    • Hello Gordon – thanks for your comment. We are aware of the issue. All three of our traveller information systems are currently down and are in the process of being fixed. We will continue to monitor this issue and make sure there are no future issues. Thanks again for taking the time to connect with us here and share your concerns. We hope that this is helpful.