Posts Tagged ‘ Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure ’

8 Whys for Regulating Commercial Ridesharing and Other Passenger Transportation

UPDATE:  March 7, 2017 — British Columbia plans to introduce a series of improvements to help the taxi industry modernize and remain competitive, in anticipation of ride-sharing services coming to British Columbia by the holiday season at the end of 2017. In addition to these improvements, the Province will require the same safety standards for both taxis and ride-sharing providers in order to protect the public and drivers. As part of this, Class 4 licenses will be phased out for...

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How to Choose from 4 Types of Tires for Winter Driving in BC

There’s been a lot of tire talk lately, which is great. Winter is coming, and you obviously want to be prepared. We want you to be prepared, too. So, we thought we’d go over the four types of tires you are permitted to use when driving high mountain passes and other signed BC highways requiring winter tires for passenger vehicles. 1. Studded Winter Tires How to identify? 3-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol on sidewall and metal studs on tread Perform best...

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Warning: If You’re a Distracted Driver, it’s Going to Cost You

New Penalties

Starting October 20th, 2014, changes to the Motor Vehicle Act regulations means an increase in driver penalty points (from 0 to 3) for those caught talking on a handheld device while driving. This new penalty also covers: watching a DVD, programming a phone’s GPS. operating hand-held audio players. The points will be combined with the $167 fine that already exists and makes it all now in line with the penalty currently given to drivers for texting. To get really...

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Why There’s Heavy Machinery in the Lougheed Hwy Wetlands

There’s a careful balance between making highways safer and preserving nature. When we widened Lougheed Highway 7 to four lanes between Nelson and Wren streets in Mission a few years ago, we had to sacrifice a portion of local fish habitat. But we also committed to help restore that habitat, which is important for salmon and other wildlife along the Stave and Fraser rivers. Phase 1 of the restoration was completed at the Silverdale Wetland last year. And if...

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Flashing green lights and what they mean

Pop Quiz! Red means stop, yellow means proceed with caution and green means go. But what does flashing green mean? Someone recently asked us if we could clarify this for them and here’s the answer. A flashing green light on a traffic signal means the signal is pedestrian activated. So, when you approach a flashing green light, use caution, because the signal could be activated by a pedestrian at any time and you might have to stop and let...

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Why We Have To Say ‘Goodbye’ to the Old Spences Bridge

We’ve gotten a number of questions lately about why we closed the Old Spences Bridge. There are a number of things we took into consideration before making the decision, but here’s the scoop: The Old Spences Bridge crosses the Thompson River and the CN railway between Highway 8 and the community of Spences Bridge. Built in 1931, the old bridge is a single lane affair and, at 83 years old, well past its design life of 50 years. In...

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Why the Completion of the Mufford/64th Ave Overpass Matters to You

It’s official. The opening of the Mufford/64th Avenue Overpass marks the completion of all nine Roberts Bank Rail Corridor projects in the lower mainland of British Columbia. Happy dance! Like others completed as a part of this project, this overpass will improve safety by eliminating the need for road traffic to wait at a rail crossing. We also completed other enhancements in the area including the realignment of the Mufford Crescent/Glover Road intersection. We captured the construction of this...

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Keeping Wildlife Moving Along the SFPR

As people drive the new South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) from Surrey to Delta, a whole other world is unfolding around them. Creatures like otter, deer, mink, waterfowl, nesting birds, turtles and coyotes are going about their daily lives seeking food, raising their young and bedding down for some rest. That’s because when we developed the SFPR, to enhance mobility and safety for people, we worked hard to minimize disruptions for other living beings – like birds, wildlife and...

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