Winter tire regulation in effect October 1

BC Highways - Winter Tires or Carry Chains: October 1 to March 31 Map
BC Highways – Winter Tires or Carry Chains: October 1 to March 31 Map

With the days getting shorter and the fall ushering in cooler weather, motorists are reminded that winter tire regulations will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2017.

Drivers are required to have winter tires installed on their vehicles if they are travelling on designated highways around the province.

In B.C., winter tires are defined as those labelled with either the Mountain Snowflake symbol or the Mud and Snow (M+S) symbol. This symbol is located on the sidewall of the tire. Winter tires must be in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 mm, and must be used starting Oct. 1.

Signs are posted to identify these designated highways. Motorists will generally see these signs as they approach highway mountain passes or highways that see significant winter conditions or where there is a substantial increase in elevation.

These requirements are only for motorists travelling on designated routes. More than 60 per cent of the province does not experience regular snow conditions; therefore, the ministry is not requiring all drivers to equip their vehicles with winter tires.

Quick Facts:

  • Drivers who don’t have the proper winter tires on their vehicle on designated routes can receive a fine of $121.
  • Drivers who don’t have the minimum tread depth on their tires (3.5mm) on the designated routes can receive a fine of $109.