Truck­ers to face high fines for not chain­ing up

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Cit­i­zen staff

Com­mer­cial truck­ers will now face higher fines for not car­ry­ing chains when re­quired, as well as not in­stalling them dur­ing manda­tory chain ups on B.C. high­ways.

Start­ing Oct. 1, driv­ers will be fined $196 for not car­ry­ing chains when and where re­quired, and $598 for not in­stalling chains dur­ing manda­tory chain ups, up from $121 for ei­ther of­fence.

“The stricter fines sup­port the en­hanced chain-up reg­u­la­tions im­ple­mented last Novem­ber to im­prove safety and re­li­a­bil­ity of B.C. high­ways dur­ing win­ter con­di­tions,” the provin­cial gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment.

“The fine in­creases were not im­ple­mented at that time, as the min­istry wanted to pro­vide the in­dus­try with suf­fi­cient time to ad­just its prac­tices to the new reg­u­la­tions.”

Pre­vi­ous reg­u­la­tions only re­quired ve­hi­cles over 27,000 kilo­grams to carry and use trac­tion de­vices, with only one wheel need­ing chains dur­ing win­ter con­di­tions and manda­tory chain ups.

The new, more all-en­com­pass­ing en­hance­ments clar­ify re­quire­ments for all com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles over 5,000 kilo­grams:

• Ve­hi­cles with li­censed gross ve­hi­cle weights less than 11,794 kilo­grams, like buses or five-ton trucks, must use chains on a min­i­mum of two tires and can use steel chains, ca­ble chains, au­to­matic chains, socks or wheel san­ders if not equipped with win­ter tires.

• Ve­hi­cles with li­censed gross ve­hi­cle weights of 11,794 kilo­grams or more must use steel chains. The num­ber of tires need­ing chains ranges from a min­i­mum of two tires for ve­hi­cles with­out a trailer, to six tires on some larger and more-de­mand­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions.

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