Enforcement of Winter Tires & Chains Requirements

RCMP, Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE), and other policing agencies can prevent you from travelling and issue a fine of $109 if your vehicle is not properly equipped for road conditions.

Drivers must obey winter tire and chain signs throughout the province during specified dates which are typically from October 1 to March 31. For select highways, including mountain passes and rural routes in high snowfall areas, the date is extended until April 30 to account for early-spring snowfall.

  Winter Tire and Chain-up Routes Sign

Winter Tire and Chain-up Routes Sign for passenger and recreational vehicles


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

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. 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 with all safety regulations, especially the use of chains or traction devices. They may also issue tickets to private car, truck and motorcycle drivers.

CVSE Officers at Work

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.