The BC government is implementing changes to make BC highways safer and more reliable during the winter.
Transportation minister Clair Trevena says she’s heard from people around the province that action is needed.
“With that in mind, our government is moving quickly to implement changes that will ensure people are able to get where they need to go more safely through the winter months.”
The changes includes stricter commercial vehicle chain-up rules, and a pilot program to restrict commercial vehicles from using the far left lane on key three-lane highway sections in the winter.
Pictured: Clair Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
$1.8 million dollars will be spent over the next three years for extra weather stations and overhead message signs to provide better information for drivers.
Road-maintenance contractor monitoring and auditing will be enhanced, leveraging new tools and technology, like road weather stations, variable speed limit systems, and GPS tracking of snow plows.
Winter tire and chain regulations will be extended on certain highways, including mountain passes in high snowfall areas, from Oct. 1 to April 30 (instead of March 31), to account for early-spring snowfall.
“The ministry will be engaging publicly with the commercial trucking industry, and other stakeholders, in the coming months on the implementation of the new safety measures, with required regulatory changes expected to be in place by next winter,” says Trevena.