Street Racing and Stunting
Street racing and stunting are dangerous activities that greatly increase the likelihood of a crash causing death or serious injury. These activities also pose a significant risk of substantial damage to public roads and private property. Drivers who choose to engage in these dangerous behaviours will have their vehicle immediately impounded, receive heavy fines, and have their licence suspended.
Street racing is when a driver attempts to out-distance, or arrive at a destination before another motor vehicle, or attempts to prevent one or more other motor vehicles from passing.
Stunting involves driving actions such as lifting a motor vehicle’s tires from the road, intentionally losing traction, spinning, driving into oncoming traffic, preventing other motor vehicles from passing, or driving too close to other vehicles.
Full definitions of ‘Race’ and ‘Stunt’ are available in the Motor Vehicle Act.
Multiple charges can arise because of a single street racing or stunting incident. These include, but are not limited to: Speeding, Dangerous Driving, Driving without due care and attention, Traffic control violations, and Excessive noise. Dangerous Driving is a criminal offense, and if convicted, drivers can expect additional fines and possibly a jail sentence. A full list of offenses and their associated fines and penalty points can be found on ICBC’s website.
In addition to penalties and fines from associated charges, the vehicle used in a street race will be immediately impounded for 7 days at the owner’s expense (or up to 60 days – see more) and the driver will be prohibited from driving for a minimum of 15 days. Depending on the severity of the street racing incident and the driver’s record, their licence could be suspended for up to 24 additional months. The vehicle used in the race may also be seized for forfeiture under the Civil Forfeiture Act.