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Winter tires mandatory for B.C. drivers on most highways

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 12:58 PM - With snow and single digit temperatures in the forecast, officials are reminding B.C. drivers that effective Oct. 1, most of the province's highways require winter tires be installed.

It's also mandatory that commercial vehicles carry chains. These rules are in effect from Oct. 1 to March 31.

To ensure you have the correct tires installed, check the sidewall for the Mountain Snowflake or the Mud and Snow (M+S) symbols. The B.C. Ministry of Transportation also requires a minimum tread depth of 3.5 mm.

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"As we head into the winter season and unpredictable driving conditions, I want to remind everyone to be safe behind the wheel with B.C.’s annual winter tire rules coming into effect," said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth in an earlier press release. "It is the responsibility of all drivers to ensure they have the correct winter tires on designated routes -- this, along with other safe driving behaviours such as slowing down, putting your phone out of reach, and not drinking and driving, can make a big difference in getting everyone home safely."

The following maps show the designated winter tire and chain-up routes:

South Coast

Southern Interior

Sections of highways requiring winter tires or chains onboard are marked with roadside signs.

Failure to comply with the winter tire rule could result in a fine of $121. Those who do not have the minimum tread depth on their tires could end up paying a fine of $109.

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