As of today (October 1), all vehicles travelling on most mountain passes in the province are required to be equipped with winter tires or be carrying chains.
While vehicle drivers travelling routes like the Coquihalla without proper tires or chains can be fined $109 and turned back by Police, commercial drivers will face heavier fines.
B.C Trucking Association president Dave Earl says just one or two truckers ignoring chain-up orders can bring traffic to a standstill on some routes. Commercial drivers will face stiffer fines if they are not using chains in areas where they are mandatory.
The new fines include a $196 ticket for truckers not carrying chains as required, and a $598 fine for not installing chains during mandatory chain-ups.
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