B.C. government will require winter tires on designated highways, starting on Sunday (October 1)

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      It seems like just yesterday that the provincial government was battling forest fires in a multitude of areas.

      But this weekend, it's going to be time for many motorists to put winter tires on their vehicles.

      That's because the provincial regulation for winter tires takes effect on Sunday (October 1) on designated highways. Tires must be labelled with a mountain snowflake or mud and snow (M+S) symbols on the highways that require them. (See map above.)

      Signs are posted on mountain passes or highways that require winter tires.

      "As we head into the winter season and unpredictable driving conditions, I want to remind everyone to be safe behind the wheel with B.C.'s annual winter tire rules coming into effect," Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said in a news release. "It is the responsibility of all drivers to ensure they have the correct winter tires on designated routes—this, along with other safe driving behaviours such as slowing down, putting your phone out of reach, and not drinking and driving, can make a big difference in getting everyone home safely."

      Those who don't have winter tires in designated areas can be fined $121.

      Those who don't have the required minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimetres on these routes can be fined $109.

      The full list of designated B.C. highways is available here.