Winter tires mandatory on some B.C. highways starting October 1

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Winter tires

The B.C. government is sending a friendly reminder to drivers across the province that winter tires are now mandatory on some highways starting today, October 1.

While they aren’t needed on all highways across the board, drivers must equip their vehicles with winter tires in good condition that have a snowflake or mud/snow symbol and a minimum tread of 3.5mm if they plan to drive any of B.C.’s higher altitude highways such as the Coquihalla highway.

The rule, implemented first in 2014, is in effect between October 1 and March 31 every year.

Highways where winter tires are mandatory have appropriate signage, as seen below:

Image: Province of British Columbia

Image: Province of British Columbia

The highways where winter tires are mandatory between October 1 and March 31 are show in the images below:

South Coast Region

Image: Province of British Columbia

Image: Province of British Columbia

Southern Interior Region

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Image: Province of British Columbia

Northern Region

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Image: Province of British Columbia

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