Keep Right, Let Others Pass

Overview

Effective June 2015, motorists are required to keep right and let others pass. This applies to B.C. highways with two or more lanes of traffic travelling in the same direction and a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater.

Driving in the left lane is not permitted unless a motorist is:

  • overtaking and passing another vehicle
  • moving left to allow traffic to merge
  • preparing for a left hand turn
  • passing a stopped official vehicle displaying red, blue or yellow flashing lights (for example, police cars, ambulances, tow trucks, maintenance or construction vehicles). Remember to Slow Down and Move Over.

Slower-moving vehicles reduce the efficiency of the highway system. This frustrates many motorists and can result in aggressive and erratic driving behaviour.

High Traffic Conditions

When the speed of traffic is 50 km/h or slower on a highway with a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater, a driver may remain in the left hand lane. However, when traffic speed rises above 50 km/h, the driver should move into the right hand lane.

Rules and Penalties

Signs and line markings direct traffic to keep right and let others pass. The Motor Vehicle Act - Part 3, sections 150 - Driver on Right and 151.1 - When Drivers Must Not Use Leftmost Lane specifically address the requirements. Drivers failing to keep right may receive a fine of $167 traffic violation ticket that also carries 3 penalty points. Offences and infractions that include penalty points can lead to a driving prohibition.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you'd like more information.

Telephone: 250 387-3198
Fax: 250 356-7706
Mailing
Address:
PO Box 9850, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC V8W 9T5
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