Starting Oct.1 you will be required to have winter tires if you are travelling on some B.C. Highways.
Drivers could face a $121.00 fine for travelling on almost any highway outside of the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island without following the requirements. You could also be turned around from your destinantion.
From Oct.1 to March 31 drivers must have tires on their vehicles that are for cold weather driving.
Tires that are acceptable will show the three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol or the M&S (mud and snow) SYMBOL, WITH AT LEAST 3.5mm tread. Some tire manufacturers choose to mark their tires with both designations.
Check your tires for at least one of these symbols:
THE THREE-PEAKED MOUNTAIN AND SNOWFLAKE SYMBOL ON THE SIDE OF THE TIRE.
-These winter tires offer the best traction on snow and ice, and in cold weather.
Also known as mountain/snowflake or alpiine.
The mud and snow symbol on the side of the tire
-These winter tires offer better traction than summer tires, however, they are less effective than 3-peaked mountain and snowflake tires on snow and ice, and in cold weather.
MS, M&S, Mud and snow symbol tires are the leagal requirement. This includes All Seasons if they have the symbol on them. We do however reccomend the snowflake symbol for winter conditions.
Trucks travelling these routes are also required to carry chains.