Overview of Road Safety Rules & Consequences of Unsafe Driving

B.C. has programs in place to support safer roads and motoring experiences in the province, as well as fair and sound administrative policies. All drivers on our roads are expected to drive safely and encouraged to know and understand the rules. See section of this website, Road Safety Rules and the Consequences of Unsafe Driving to learn what is expected of drivers and the various deterrents and educational programs in place for drivers who do not employ safe driving behaviour.

This site also provides information to help if you . . .

  • Have been caught breaking the rules and have had your driving privileges removed — see Prohibitions and Suspensions
  • Have had your vehicle impounded – see Vehicle Impoundment
  • Have to attend a driver program or must have an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle — see Improvement Programs for High-Risk Drivers
  • Are being assessed because you are a senior driver or have a medical concern that may affect your ability to drive — see Driver Medical Fitness
  • Want to dispute a traffic violation ticket or penalty points; request a review of an administrative intervention decision (regarding medical fitness to drive or a decision made under the Driver Improvement Program); or appeal police actions or administrative decisions to a higher authority – see Disputes, Appeals and Reviews

The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

The Superintendent is delegated, under the Motor Vehicle Act to:

  • Ensure, by individual assessments, that drivers are medically fit to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • Impose interventions and refer drivers to appropriate programs to improve driving behaviour
  • Review driving restriction decisions through a process called the 'administrative justice review' (i.e., the review of driver licensing decisions, medical fitness decisions, prohibitions, suspensions and impoundments
  • Develop policies to improve road safety to ensure an effective and fair administrative justice system that upholds the law and provides the required services to drivers and program clients

See About RoadSafetyBC for more information on the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles' role and responsibilities and the work of RoadSafetyBC.