Who Ya Gonna Call? Your BC Transportation FAQs

FAQsPlanning parades, towing boats and RVs, licensing limos or developing rural subdivisions? We hear all kinds of questions about all kinds of topics…

It’s natural that many of these questions come to our offices across the province, given we’re the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. We can give you a full answer to a lot of questions, but in some cases, we are not the organization responsible for the area you want to know about, or the action you want to take. Federal and municipal governments also have a role to play in transportation, as well as other provincial agencies. (And you might discover a surprise or two about areas we do deal with.)

Here are the some of the most popular questions that we receive from you. Click on these headings or scroll through, to find the information source you need:

Commercial Transportation Operators (That’s Us)

How do I go about moving an oversize and/or overweight load on provincial highways? Provincial Permit Centre

What are the seasonal load restrictions for the route I want to haul a heavy load on? Seasonal Load Restrictions website

I’m looking at starting up a business to provide passenger transportation services – something like a taxi, community shuttle or tour bus company. Passenger Transportation Branch


Yikes…I see a fire/chemical spill/downed power line/vehicle crash! BC Wildfire Management 1-800-663-5555/Emergency Management BC 1-800-663-3456/ BC Hydro 1-888-769-3766/911

Land Use – Highway Permits and Rural Subdivisions (That’s Us)

How do I get started on developing a rural subdivision? Rural Subdivision Approvals

What is the process for my development approval application? Permits or Rural Subdivision Approval

I am interested in purchasing or leasing property that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure may own. Who should I speak with? District Office

I would like to film a movie, organize a parade or hold a fundraising run on a provincial highway or road. Filming and Special Events

I think I’m responsible for having and maintaining a culvert alongside the highway by my property. Is this correct and what do I need to do? Culvert Maintenance Responsibilities on BC Highways or District Office.

Motor Vehicles and Vessels — Registration/Insurance/Regulations (That’s ICBC or Federal Agencies)

My vehicle is damaged due to debris on the highway and I want to make a claim. ICBC: Lower Mainland 604-520-8222; Rest of BC, Canada and the U.S. 1-800-910-4222 or Submit Your Claim Online.

I’ve been in a crash and need to report the incident and damage to my vehicle. ICBC: What to Do After a Crash (video); Lower Mainland 604-520-8222; Rest of BC, Canada and the U.S. 1-800-910-4222; or Submit Your Claim Online.

Import a Vehicle
Planning on importing a vehicle into B.C.?

I’d like to import a car from another province or country. What’s involved with this and who do I contact? ICBC has instructions, including links to federal and provincial agencies. (None of which are us).

How do I renew, replace or cancel my driver’s licence? ICBC

I just bought a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/dirt bike. How do I register it and what else do I need to know? Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

How do I register my new boat? Transport Canada – Canadian Register of Vessels

Towing an RV

I plan to tow my recreational vehicle in BC. What are the regulations? Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement.  See our blog: 7 Things You Need to Know Right Now About Towing a Recreational Trailer in BC. If you don’t find the answers you need there, phone: (250) 952-0577.

What’s the schedule for the ferry across the Kootenay Lake (or another ferry in the B.C. Interior)? See our website for Inland Ferries.

How much does the Port Hardy to Prince Rupert ferry (or another coastal ferry) cost, and when does the ship sail? BC Ferries Fare Index and BC Ferries Schedule for all marine ferries.

Provincial Routes (Us Again)

I’m concerned with the conditions of rest area X or highway Y, and I am not sure who the highway maintenance contractor is. Highways Maintenance Contacts and Highway Maintenance Boundary Maps; or DriveBC Report a Highway ProblemDriveBC Report a Problem

There’s a problem with a streetlight, malfunctioning signals, or damaged or vandalized electrical equipment along a provincial highway. Electrical Maintenance Contacts

I am opening a winery/waterslide/bed and breakfast (or insert your type of business) and would like to have sign posted along the highway to advertise my business. District Office

I see highway construction starting up in this area. What’s happening? ProjectsBC, Major Highway Infrastructure Projects or District Office.

Why are there traffic delays or a closure on the route I want to travel, and when will it end? – DriveBC or District Office.

The highway I want to drive has been closed due to avalanche work. When is it expected to re-open? DriveBC or District Office.

What kind of tires and/or chains do I need for driving provincial highways in winter? Winter Tires and Chains

Roads in Regional Districts and Municipalities (Might be us, might not)

The road near my home (in a municipality, regional district, First Nations community or improvement district) has a pothole/needs grading/hasn’t been cleared of snow. Who do I contact? If you pay your taxes to a Regional District, the area is within the jurisdiction of Ministry of Transportation. Highways Maintenance Contacts and Highway Maintenance Boundary Maps; or DriveBC Report a Highway Problem (Mobile). If you pay your taxes to your city/town/village or First Nation then your road is within their jurisdiction and can reach them via CivicInfo Directory or Municipalities, Regional Districts, First Nations or Improvement Districts.

We hope we have set you on a route to receiving the answers you are seeking. Let us know about any other questions you might have, or if there is a topic you would like us to cover more in-depth.

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  1. On what date was the realignment of Highway 6 from the west side of the Slocan River to the east side for the Vallican-Winlaw section completed?

    • Hello David – we shared your question with our staff in the area and who reviewed their records and found plans showing widening on the stretch of highway that is now route 6 around the area described in 1945. This is likely around the time when he east side would of became the primary route. We hope that this information is helpful.

  2. Who do I contact about highway 4A Alberni Hwy. I am concerned about the amount of tvehicles parked on the side of the hwy at the goats on the roof. It is getting extremely dangerous as multiple times I have seen families nearly getting hit by vehicles as they try to cross to the stores. It is also getting to be almost impossible to drive that direction during the summer season.

    • Hello and thank you for connecting with us here to share your concern.

      We are aware of the traffic in this area and that volumes have increased considerably here in recent years.

      The shoulder space on Highway 4A around the attraction is wide enough to provide enough room for visitors to park along the roadside safely and the ministry has also installed special crosswalks in the area (i.e. Station Road has a pedestrian controlled crosswalk with flashing lights). Traffic naturally slows down at this location due to the tourist activities and we do expect pedestrians to use caution, and motorists to drive defensively and reduce speed when traffic in the area is high. We continue to monitor the area to ensure the safety of everyone accessing this attraction.

      Thanks again for taking the time to reach out to us here – we hope this information is helpful.

  3. Hello,
    We are almost at completion for our new home in Nanoose Bay. We would like to include a driveway gate on our driveway. Are there any regulations or guidelines we should know about?

    Thank you,
    Ursula Westwood

    • Hello Ursula,

      Thanks for your question. We aren’t aware of any regulations or guidelines in place, but encourage you to reach out to your local municipality for more details.

  4. Hi,
    I would like to find out which of the Gulf/Other islands permit LSV/NEVs as I am considering buying one.
    Thanks so much, and happy new year.

    • Hi there Cam – thanks for connecting with us here. Please reach out to the our district office for more information on this, as they should be able to give you more info directly.

      Vancouver Island District
      3rd floor – 2100 Labieux Rd.
      Nanaimo, BC V9T 6E9

      Hours of operation:
      8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

  5. I want to confirm who is responsible for maintenance on FSR201. I have been getting the run around for two years as to who is responsible. With winter 2020 upon us, the FSR 201 from Mcculloch Road to Idabel lake has not been plowed, and at times driving conditions are treacherous.
    Looking forward to your reply
    Regards, Denise

  6. Your link doesn’t work for //www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/driving/traveller-information/seasonal/winter-driving/winter-tires-and-chains , it pops up an email link only which doesn’t work, and web page cannot be found.

  7. Hi.
    I have a tree next to my property but on a public pathway(easement) that has branches going over and on top of my hydro lines.

    Who do I call.



  8. Hi
    I saw the sign in coquithalla highways “ from October 1 to April 1, must use winter tires “. That is meaning in good condition of road too?

  9. Hello,
    I have a question about north bound after the McKenzie interchange and before Helmcken Rd.
    I see with 2 merge lanes off of McKenzie it is still a bottle-neck onto the highway. Is there any consideration to complete a 3rd lane between McKenzie and Helmcken so traffic can flow similarly between to the southbound Colwood to Helmcken 3 lane area?


        • Hi Devi,

          Thanks for following up. There are no plans to add additional lanes to the Trans Canada Highway through this section. The ministry continues to focus on shifting people away from single occupancy vehicles and towards transit and other sustainable modes of transportation rather than adding more capacity to the highway network. Hope that this helps!

  10. To whom it may concern:
    Recently had a vehicle impounded for 7 days.

    Go friday to pick it up and been told that on the 12th it was turned into a 30 day impound due to previous infraction…
    1. Court date for those just so happens to be on the 23rd of sept. A guilty plea has not happened.
    2. I did not recieve a letter, phone call, email, in person talk… To let know on the 12th this was decided… The owner of the vehicle was completely unaware…

    This is complete entrappment and last time i checked its “innocent until proven guilty”.

    • Hi Michael – oh no! Where on BC Highway 5 were you? Once we have that information, we can follow up with the local area manager to let them know.

  11. To Whom it may concern:
    I would like to know why the left hand turn signal light is not activate early morning or all the time west bound on Burnette Ave turning Left onto King Edward in Coquitlam BC.I found the last couple of day the left hand turn Signal not working? It should be on all the time, this is how accidents happen at this busy intersection. I think its turned off on purpose to cause accidents so ICBC can charge us good drive more money on our Insurance. All left hand turn signals should be activate all the time?

    • Hi Richard,

      This is City of Coquitlam infrastructure. We have referred the issue to their Engineering Department.

      • Hi Richard,

        A City of Coquitlam Traffic technologist advised us that the left turn signal at this location is activated when a queue of two to three cars are in the left turn lane. It will not activate if there is only one vehicle waiting to turn.

  12. Witnesses Needed – PLEASE HELP!◄ (North Vancouver)
    Please Help!
    Does the traffic cam have video of this incident!?

    Witness(es) needed to give a statement for a collision on Saturday June 20 at approximately 9:00am at the intersection of Mount Seymour Parkway and Lillooet Rd. North Van.

    A silver Dodge Caravan drove into the wrong lane while making a left turn from Mount Seymour Parkway onto Lillooet Road, stopped, and then backed up to try making a U-turn to get into the proper lane. This resulted in backing into a silver Mazda which was behind the Dodge Caravan making the turn.

    If you witnessed this collision or have any additional information and could verify the events that occurred, please reply by e-mail. Your help would be greatly appreciated, as the driver of the Caravan is denying any responsibility even though admitting total fault at the time of the accident.

    Thanks very much.

    • Hello David,

      Thank you for your request for images from any BC HwyCams around Mt Seymour Parkway and Lillooet Rd.

      Unfortunately we don’t have a BC HwyCam at this location. The BC HwyCam system archives old images for one month, which would be how we’d be able to provide you with the images.

      There is a camera at Lillooet Rd and Mt Seymour Parkway that the project team who are working on the Lower Lynn project use from time to time, but unfortunately it’s not currently capturing or saving images. I’m sorry that this is not much help to you.
      Maybe there’s someone who captured it on a dash cam –it might be worthwhile posting something on a community website?

      The webcams are not surveillance webcams, and that the resolution is very low. Police often consult camera images in an investigation, although I don’t think they would be admissible in a court of law (personal opinion).

      The ministry will provide DriveBC camera images on request, however this is an unofficial service provided on a “best effort” basis. We can usually respond within a week. The following terms and conditions apply:

      • The images are not video, but still images taken at regular intervals. The intervals vary from 2 to 30 mins. The variation depends on available bandwidth for the location.
      • None of the BC Highway Cameras capture or store video.
      • We manage DriveBC highway webcams only, not red light webcams (that’s ICBC).
      • The ministry has an internal website that saves display images for up to one month. Image files on ministry servers are overwritten after one month, and are unobtainable through this service.
      • The cameras are intended to provide road condition and traffic volume information to drivers and to the ministry’s traffic management centre for response to incidents/events on highways. They are not intended for surveillance.
      • These are low resolution images, generally taken from a distance so that license plates and faces are not identifiable.

      You can see the full collection of highway cameras at our BC HighwayCams website or on DriveBC . Both sites have mobile versions as well.

      We hope that this helps!

  13. When ever it snows there seems to be a problem with the lack of snow plow service on Hwy 19 between Horn Lake Road and the Courtenay connector. This morning there had not been a plow through prior to 10 am. The conditions were horrendous. The slush thick pulling your car towards the shoulder, visibilty poor. Anyone with a truck or small vehicle would have had major difficulty. I was fortunate to follow a truck who also swerved several times. Cars were travelling between 40 and 60 kms per hour and I passed 3 accidents. It took over an 1.5 hrs to travel that distance. Traffic was single lane. I saw one plow during that time traveling South. Do you not have plows allocated for this area?
    This seems to be a problem area from year to year. I would really like to know why?

    • Hi there – sorry for the delay in this message. We understand you heard directly from our local area manager on this as well, but wanted to follow up here too.

      Here’s what we heard from him:

      I apologize for your frustrations this morning Marian. The area you describe below is a “hot spot” for snow and freezing activity. Oddly referred to as a hot spot, but essentially it’s a micro-climate area that has uncharacteristic weather compared to adjacent areas.

      There were 4 Mainroad (maintenance contractor) plow trucks working this area of Highway 19 this morning. Mainroad has sent the ministry their inspection reports; additionally the ministry’s internal staff monitored the area from 7am-11am – both confirming this section was actively treated and plowed.

      If you have questions or concerns regarding plow activity, you can either reach out to Shawn directly, or contact the Mainroad North Island 24 hr line: 1-877-215-7122

  14. I’d like to report a problem with your non responses to factual abhorrent road conditions on Texada Island by removing my posts rather than addressing them. Must be nice to have that power over concerned citizens queries and observations. I expect nothing less from this truly phony site editor. The pattern continues with unfavourable posts for many years that I’m aware of. A change is sorely needed.

    • Hi William. Please be assured we do not remove comments. Rather, comments go through an approval process before they appear in the comments stream. This ensures the comments stream is free of spam and foul/abusive language.

      Our apologies that we did not get a chance to approve and respond to your December 18 comment until this morning. You will now see it, along with our response. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out, and we will respond as soon as possible.

  15. No contact info available to complain about the ongoing problem in the snow removal on the hiways. Been a otrlong haul driver for over 40 years and the road maintenance gets worse every year. Back in the day when the bc hiway crew maintained these rds we never sat for hrs and hrs on end now a days a snow flake drops every thing comes to a halt. Contractors say it is for safety but in reality its is to cover themselves from insurance claims shameful.

  16. Not sure where I should start but there is a proposed landscaping supply company that unfortunately is located in a residential area. This strip of land is zoned industrial and unfortunately sold too late for the zoning to be changed to heritage or residential. To make a long story short, there will be lots of trucks and vehicles doing a sharp left hand turn off of hwy. 3 onto a residential street. What if anything, should I be aware of with respect to highways and residential streets when it comes to a business that involves trucks and increased vehicular traffic? Thank you.

  17. I am hauling some lumber on a flat deck trailer behind a pick up truck. What is the maximum length a load cannoverhang the back of the trailer?

  18. I am from Alberta and plan to drive my 35 Foot motorhome to the Okanagan in October. I will be flat towing a sub-compact car. Am I required to have winter tires for the motorhome or just carry tire chains? Your signs show a car and camper for winter tires and two sizes of truck for chains. We are bigger than the camper picture so which category does a 35ft. class A motorhome fit in?

  19. What is the requirements if any needed for a person to travel through BC going to Alaska with a forty foot diesel motorhome with air brakes pulling a small SUV (gmc envoy)

    • Hi Bill,

      Thanks for checking in with us on your travel plans for Alaska. Your motorhome-SUV setup is clear and fine – no towing/permit requirements. Have a great trip!

  20. Extremely concerned with the keep right issue, especially on hills like the 3 lane, westbound, up the Kamloops Hill from the Valleyview area. The professional large truck drivers are keeping right, clogging up the right lane that people use to exit freeway. Because they are going so slow, it causes extreme slowing and issues when they block numerous vehicles from using the exits and off ramps. In the case of professional driving, they should use centre lane, allowing for vehicles at highway speeds to exit using right lane and allowing others to pass on left lane continuing on highway. Have been witness to several traffic scares when they use the extreme right lane on these types of roads.

    • Hi Ron,

      Thanks for connecting with us here and sharing your concern about this location. We will share your comment forward to the local area manager for review.