BC Trans to Truckers: Chain up or turn back

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) officers are warning truck drivers not to attempt rolling up and down the province’s mountain passes without proper winter tires or chains.

The ministry is stepping up enforcement of the winter regulations, which require winter tires or chains from October 1 to April 30 wherever there is a sign that indicates "use winter tires or carry chains beyond this point."

About 250 of these warning signs are prominent in mountainous terrain throughout the province.

Increased enforcement will focus on:

Hwy 1 Revelstoke to the Alberta border; Hwy 5 Merritt to Hope; Hwy 5A Merritt to Kamloops; Hwy 16 McBride to the Alberta border; and Hwy 97 Cache Creek to Prince George.

"We expect every commercial vehicle to be properly equipped for winter," said Transport Minister Shirley Bond. "If we find you driving a commercial vehicle through our mountain passes without proper tires or chains, you could face a fine, and we’ll turn you back — and that will cost you time and money."

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