Winter Tires and Chains

Rapid changes in elevation and weather can make highway conditions in B.C. unpredictable during the winter. You may start a trip in sunshine but face stretches of slush, ice, heavy snowfall or compact snow along the way.

Most B.C. highways have high mountain passes where you are likely to encounter winter weather starting in October. Statistics show that winter related vehicle accidents increase in October. Winter tires perform better on ice than summer tires.

Drivers must obey winter tire and chain signs throughout the province from October 1 to March 31.

Drivers failing to have vehicles properly equipped can be fined $109. Enforcement officers may prevent you from travelling if not properly equipped for road conditions or for safety reasons.

Sections of highways requiring winter tires or chains onboard are marked with roadside signs. For passenger vehicles, chains on summer tires are not an acceptable substitute for winter tires on signed highways.

Should you go beyond the signs without the proper equipment you may be turned around by RCMP, CVSE or another policing agency, and be subject to a fine.

Safe Winter Driving Starts with Safe Winter Tires

Do your tires make the grade? The Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement Branch are out in force to remind travellers that winter driving conditions on our highways mean winter driving restrictions are also in effect. Your tires are one of our top priorities. Are you ready to shift into winter?