B.C. requiring winter tires on most highways for next 7 months

By Cole Schisler and Emily Marsten

It may still feel like summer in Metro Vancouver, but Saturday marks the first day you’ll need winter tires to travel on most of B.C.’s highways.

The B.C. government announced winter tires will now be required from Oct. 1 to April 30 in most regions.

Both mud and snow (M+S) or three-peak-rated tires are classified as winter tires in the province.

The rules are in place for all highways in northern B.C. and the southern Interior.

In Metro Vancouver, drivers will need winter tires to drive the Sea to Sky Highway.

On Vancouver Island, winter tires are required for the Malahat and Highway 4.

All vehicles must have winter tires to drive these routes, except commercial vehicles like semis or buses that may be required to have tire chains.

If motorists try to drive these routes without the proper equipment, they risk fines and being turned around by police or other officials.

The B.C. government says that requiring tires or chains are marked with signs posted throughout the province.

For more information on routes, maps, and highway requirements click here 

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