Enforcement of Winter Tires & Chains

RCMP, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE), and other policing agencies can prevent you from travelling and issue tickets if your vehicle is not properly equipped for road conditions.

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.

BC Motor Vehicle Act

BC Motor Vehicle Act Regulations

Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE)

The B.C. Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Program promotes compliance with safety regulations with the commercial transport sector. They may also issue tickets to private car, truck and motorcycle drivers.

CVSE Officers at Work

Their goal is to increase road safety and protect the condition of provincial highways.

You will see them at road checks, patrolling B.C. highways and at weigh scale stations across the province year-round.

In winter, their focus is to ensure commercial vehicles comply to all safety regulations, especially the use of chains or traction devices.


The RCMP may turn all vehicles away if they think conditions are unsafe. DriveBC is an excellent source for highway conditions and weather forecasts.

Respect local bylaws

B.C. cities, municipalities and private roads (such as ski hills) may have their own bylaws or rules around the use of winter tires, chains or or traction devices that may differ from provincial highway regulations.