Winter tires are mandatory for all vehicles on select British Columbia highways starting today.
From October 1st to March 31, winter tires are required for travel on all highways in the North, all highways in the Interior, sections of some highways on the South Coast, including the Sea to Sky Highway and sections of some highways on Vancouver Island, including the Malahat and highways 4, 14 and 28.
For some highways which are marked by signs including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the date is extended until April 30 to account for early-spring snowfall.
Map of Highways
1. All highways in the North
2. All highways in the Interior:
3. Sections of some highways on the South Coast, including the Sea to Sky Highway and sections of some highways on Vancouver Island, including the Malahat and highways 4, 14 and 28.
Commercial vehicle operators are required to carry chains on most routes in B.C., as indicated by roadside signs. Chains are not required on the Lower Mainland and most of Vancouver Island.
Type of Winter Tires:
Drivers should use tires marked with either the M+S (mud and snow) or mountain/snowflake symbol, in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres.
The best traction on snow and ice and in cold weather is offered by tires marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol on the sidewall.
Drivers driving on designated B.C. highways without winter tires in good condition can receive a fine of $121. Commercial vehicles bypassing the active chain up area can receive a fine of $598 and commercial vehicles that do not carry chains when/where required are subject to a fine of $196.