Winter tire regulations hit most BC highways Oct. 1 as the cold-weather season approaches, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Winter tires are required for travel on:
· all highways in the North;
· all highways in the Interior;
· sections of some highways on the
· sections of some highways on
In B.C., appropriate winter tires are defined as those with either the M+S (mud and snow) or mountain/snowflake symbol, in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres.
Tires marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol on the sidewall offer the best traction on snow and ice and in cold weather.
Tires marked with M+S offer better traction than summer tires, but are less effective than mountain/snowflake tires in severe winter conditions.
Drivers are encouraged to choose their tires based on the region and conditions in which they regularly drive.
While winter tires are not mandatory province wide they are required on a majority of B.C. highways.
Drivers without the proper winter tires in good condition driving on designated B.C. highways can receive a fine of $121.
Rain, slush, snow, ice and cold temperatures are all part of winter driving.
The improved traction offered by winter tires can make the difference between safely driving on winter roads and being involved in a potentially serious motor vehicle incident.
When setting out, drivers are reminded to slow down and use caution. To plan ahead, check: DriveBC.ca
Commercial vehicle operators are required to carry chains on most routes in B.C., as indicated by roadside signs as of Oct 1.
Chains are not required on the Lower Mainland and most of
Winter tires and chain requirements are in effect on most designated highways in B.C. from Oct. 1 to March 31. For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the date is extended until April 30 to account for early spring snowfall. These highways are marked with regulatory signs.
For more information on winter tire regulations and winter driving preparation, visit: www.shiftintowinter.ca
For a province wide map of highways designated for winter tires, visit:
To learn more about the four types of winter tires, visit: