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                                This Act is current to January 19, 2022
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                                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
                                24.1Residency requirement
                                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
                                214.41Exceptions to prohibition — certain permitted activities by persons with full licence
                                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