Got $173 to spare? Want to waste 3 points? Thought not… get wise to this new legal requirement in B.C. then. From 1st Jan 2015 drivers need to slow down and move over of all official vehicles. Currently the law requires drivers to do this for emergency vehicles, but there has been some confusion about when you need to slow down and move over.
You’ll be glad to hear things have been clarified, and this should make roads safer for those who have to work on them, from tow trucks to highways maintainance.
What does ‘slow down, move over’ mean?
- slow to 70 km/h in a zone with an 80 km/h or higher speed limit
- slow to 40km/h in a zone with a speed limit under 80 km/h
- AND on a multi-lane road, move into another lane to pass where safe to do so
So when do we slow down, move over?
Whenever you see one of these types of vehicle stopped at the roadside and displaying flashing lights:
- Park Rangers &/or Animal Control
- Conservation Officers
- Tow trucks
- Commercial Vehicle safety enforcement vehicles
- Highway maintenance
The legal change basically says slow down & move over for all vehicles with a flashing red, blue or yellow light. Which should be pretty easy for us all to remember.