Winter tire rules take effect on B.C.




From October 1 B.C. drivers will need snow tires to travel on most of the province’s highways.The province requires passenger vehicles to be equipped with winter tires between Oct. 1 and March 31 while travelling on almost all highways outside the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island.

In addition to winter tires, trucks travelling these routes are also required to carry chains.

Tires must be labelled with a mountain snowflake or mud and snow (M+S) symbols on the highways that require them.

Those who don’t have winter tires in designated areas can be fined $121.

Those who don’t have the required minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres on these routes can be fined $109.