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          This Act is current to April 28, 2021
          See the Tables of Legislative Changes for this Act’s legislative history, including any changes not in force.

          Motor Vehicle Act

          [RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 318

          Part 1
          2Application of Act
          3Registration, licence and insurance
          3.1Exemptions — registration, licence and insurance
          4Restriction on registration
          6Payment of premium
          7Underage applicants
          8Licences for farm tractors
          9Special licence for motor vehicles used in industry
          10Special licence for tractors, etc.
          11Carrying of licence
          12Number plates
          14Change of address or name
          15Notice of change made in motor vehicle
          16New vehicle identification numbers
          17Transfer of motor vehicle
          17.1Irreparable and salvage vehicles
          18Transfer on death if estate small
          19Registration of dissolved company suspended
          20Notice of removal or destruction of motor vehicle
          21Registration of foreign motor vehicles and trailers
          22Reciprocal arrangements
          23Classes of drivers' licences
          25Application for licence
          25.01Retention or seizure of records
          25.1Remedial courses and programs for drivers
          25.2Mandatory programs for drivers
          25.3Matters related to courses and programs for drivers
          26Refusal to issue a licence, permit, etc.
          26.1Cancellation of driver's licence
          27Short term driver's licence
          28Inspection of vehicles and refusal to issue licence
          28.1Not in force. Repealed.
          28.2Inspection of vehicles and refusal of licence or permit
          28.3Refusal to issue licence and plates for irreparable and salvage vehicles
          29Examination of licensees
          30No refund for driver's licence fee
          31Change of address or name
          32Application for minor's licence
          33Production of licence and liability card, duplicates
          34Exemption of non-resident and new resident drivers
          36Municipal chauffeur permits
          37Employment of unlicensed driver
          38Demonstration licence
          39Inspections respecting demonstration licences
          40Refund of fees
          41Transporters' licences
          42Manufacturer's licence
          43Operation of motor vehicle by customer
          44Repairer's licence
          45Operation of demonstration cars by written consent
          47Pollution control devices on motor vehicles
          51Issuance of new number plate or validation decal
          52Carrying of revenue receipt in place of licence
          56Letting vehicles for hire
          57Used vehicle records and plates
          58Removal or obliteration of engine or vehicle identification number prohibited
          60Term and duration of licences
          61Cancellation of driver's licence
          63Rebate of part of licence fees
          64Recovery of licence fees
          66Persons authorized to take affidavits
          68Duty of driver at accident
          69False statements, misuse of number plates, licence, identification card or permit
          70Use of another's licence or permit; failure to permit inspection
          71Production of motor vehicle licences
          72Transporting animals
          73Failing to stop and state name
          74Alteration and use of fictitious number plates or documents
          75General offence
          76No suspended sentence where minimum punishment
          77Application of fines
          78Limitation of actions
          79Arrest without warrant
          80Onus of proof of licence
          81Evidence of licence or permit
          82Records and proof
          82.1Electronic records
          83Liability of owner for contravention of Act
          83.1Liability of owner for speeding and traffic light violations
          83.2Certificate as evidence
          84Duty to give information
          86Responsibility of owner or lessee in certain cases
          87Liability of partners
          88Liability of licensees for offences of employees
          Part 2 — Suspensions of Licences and Prohibitions from Driving
          89Deemed suspension
          90Suspension and cancellation of vehicle licences, etc.
          90.1-90.2Not in force. Repealed.
          90.312 hour suspension
          90.4Driving while suspended
          91Prohibition against driving if there is an unsatisfied judgment
          92Prohibition against driving relating to fitness or ability to drive
          93Prohibition against driving by superintendent
          93.1Access to driving records
          93.2Notification by superintendent of prohibition action
          94Appeal of prohibition against driving
          94.1Notice of driving prohibition
          94.2Effect of notice of driving prohibition
          94.3Duties of peace officer
          94.4Review of driving prohibition
          94.6Decision of the superintendent
          95Driving while prohibited
          96Driver to surrender licence
          97Notice of prohibition
          97.1Driver's licence forwarded to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
          97.2Amount payable to reinstate driver's licence
          98Court prohibition against driving
          99Automatic prohibition against driving on conviction
          100Prohibition against driving for failing to stop
          101Stay of prohibition against driving
          102Driving while prohibited by court order or operation of law
          103Deemed prior convictions
          104Reporting conviction or judgment
          106Proof of financial responsibility
          107Service of unlicensed insurer
          108Notice to insurer
          109Implied covenant
          110Default of insurer
          111Issue of financial responsibility card
          112Cancellation of financial responsibility card
          113Garage and sales agency policy
          114Return of security given in proof
          115Information to be furnished by Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
          116Certified abstract
          116.1Director of Commercial Vehicle Safety and staff
          117Superintendent may delegate
          117.1Application of Administrative Tribunals Act to decisions of the superintendent
          118Appointment of superintendent and staff
          Part 2.1 — Appeals and Show Cause Hearings
          118.2Superintendent may assign appeal officers
          118.4Right to show cause to the superintendent against certain proposed actions
          118.5Show cause procedure
          118.6Show cause hearing decisions
          118.7Right of appeal — certain other decisions
          118.8Appeal procedure
          118.9Written submissions
          118.91Powers of superintendent on an appeal
          Part 2.2 — Show Cause Hearings and Reconsiderations about Commercial Motor Vehicles
          118.96Cancellations and restrictions
          118.97Right to show cause and request for reconsideration
          118.98General reconsideration power of the director
          118.99Show cause hearings and reconsiderations
          118.991Direction to cancel commercial vehicle licences and permits
          118.992Power to make regulations
          Part 3
          121Construction and maintenance vehicles
          122Exemption for emergency vehicles
          123Police traffic direction
          124Municipal powers
          124.1Not in force
          124.2Additional municipal powers
          125Obeying traffic controls
          125.1Traffic control signals inoperative
          126Traffic control signals
          127Green light
          128Yellow light
          129Red light
          131Flashing lights
          132Pedestrian controls
          133Pedestrian controlled signal
          134Lane direction control signals
          135Obstruction of signal prohibited
          135.1Prohibition against obstruction of traffic light safety devices
          136Commercial advertising
          137Altering signal
          138Work in progress
          139Erection of speed sign
          140Obedience to speed signs
          141Obeying flagger
          141.1Obeying traffic control person
          142Removal of temporary sign
          143Newly painted lines
          144Careless driving prohibited
          145Slow driving
          146Speed limits
          147Schools and playgrounds
          148Excessive speeding
          148.1Fines for speeding offences
          148.2Speeding offences — defence related to signs
          149Meeting school bus
          150Driver on right
          151Driving on laned roadway
          151.1When drivers must not use leftmost lane
          152High occupancy vehicle lane
          153Bus lane
          153.1Designated use highway
          153.2Designated use lane
          154Passing when meeting vehicle
          155Highway lines
          156Suspension of sections 151 and 155
          157Duty when overtaking
          158Passing on right
          159Passing on left
          160Clear view on passing
          161Obedience to traffic control devices
          162Following too closely
          163Divided highways
          164Entering controlled access highway
          165Turning at intersections
          166Turning left other than at intersection
          167Turning right other than at intersection
          168Reverse turn
          169Starting vehicle
          169.1Yielding to bus
          170Signals on turning
          171Means of signalling
          172Left hand drive signals
          173Yield signs
          174Yielding right of way on left turn
          175Entering through highway
          176Emerging from alleys
          177Approach of emergency vehicle
          179Rights of way between vehicle and pedestrian
          180Crossing at other than crosswalk
          181Duty of driver
          182Pedestrians using highways
          182.01Operation of regulated motorized personal mobility devices
          182.1Motor assisted cycles
          183Rights and duties of operator of cycle
          184Bicycle safety helmets
          185Railway crossings
          186Stopping at intersections
          187Where parking prohibited
          188Police may move parked vehicle
          189When vehicle stopping prohibited
          190Manner of parking
          191Leaving parked vehicle
          192Parking on private property
          193Caution in backing vehicle
          194 Motorcycles
          195Requirements for moving vehicle
          196Travelling through canyons
          197Coasting down grade
          198Following fire vehicle
          199Driving over fire hose
          200Driving on sidewalk
          201Sign as evidence
          203When opening door prohibited
          204Depositing articles on highway
          206Transporting explosives
          207Warning devices
          208Winter tires and traction devices
          209Regulations respecting highways
          209.1Ministerial regulations
          210Power to make regulations
          211Power to establish forms
          211.1Power to prescribe for electronic information
          212Regulations respecting safety
          212.1Carrier's duty to provide information
          212.2Regulations respecting vehicles having safety certificates
          213Evidence of weight of vehicle or load
          Part 3.1 — Use of Electronic Devices while Driving
          214.2Prohibition against use of electronic device while driving
          214.3Exceptions to prohibition — emergency personnel
          214.4Exceptions to prohibition — certain permitted activities
          214.5Exceptions to prohibition — by regulation
          214.6Power to make regulations
          Part 4
          21524 hour prohibition
          215.1Review of driving prohibition
          215.3Decision of the superintendent
          215.424 hour impoundment of motor vehicle
          215.41Immediate roadside driving prohibition
          215.42Right to second analysis
          215.43Effect of driving prohibition under section 215.41
          215.44Additional consequences — monetary penalty
          215.46Additional consequences — impoundment of vehicle
          215.47Duties of peace officer related to driving prohibition under section 215.41
          215.48Review of driving prohibition under section 215.41
          215.49Considerations on review under section 215.48
          215.5Decision of superintendent after review under section 215.48
          215.51Regulations — immediate roadside driving prohibitions
          216Vehicle inspections
          217Inspectors, inspection facilities and standards
          218Standards and approvals
          218.1Driver control programs
          219Equipment of motor vehicles
          220Seat belt assembly
          221 Repealed
          222Sale of motor vehicle contrary to regulations
          223Canada Safety Standards
          230Report of health professional
          231Not in force
          231.1Smoking in motor vehicle prohibited
          Part 5
          232Suspension on conviction for certain offences
          233Reinstatement of suspended licence
          234Driving while suspended
          235Driver to surrender licence
          236Stay of suspension against driving
          Part 6 — Carriers
          238Operating requirements for business vehicles
          239Power to search business vehicles
          240Liability for act or omission of employee
          Part 7
          Part 8 — Police Accident Reports
          249Accident reports by police officer
          Part 9 — Motor Vehicle Impoundment
          251Impoundment of motor vehicle
          252Liability for impoundment
          253Period of impoundment
          254Duties of peace officer
          255Storage of impounded motor vehicle
          256Review of impoundment
          257Considerations for review of impoundment
          258Decision of superintendent on review of impoundment
          259Review of driving prohibition
          260Considerations for review of driving prohibition
          261Decision of superintendent on review of driving prohibition
          262Early release of motor vehicle on grounds of economic hardship
          263Early release of motor vehicle on compassionate grounds
          264Release of motor vehicle after impoundment period
          265Owner's right against driver
          266Superintendent may indemnify for wrongful impoundment
          268Power to make regulations — Lieutenant Governor in Council
          269Power to make regulations — superintendent
          Part 10 to 12
          270-303Not in force
          Part 13 — Pilot Projects
          304Regulation-making powers respecting pilot projects
          305Three-year time limit for regulations for pilot projects under this Part